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November 8, 2013

Police Roundup - Nov. 8, 2013

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Man arrested for DUI at elementary school

A London couple were arrested Monday after they drove a child to school while under the influence, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The driver, Terry B. Browning, 34, and his passenger, Whitney T. Nantz, 27, both of London, were arrested about 10:30 a.m. after a school official complained Browning was driving erratically in the school’s parking lot.

Deputy Josh Scott stopped Browning and determined he was under the influence.

Browning admitted he had smoked marijuana and used Suboxone the night before.

Root said Nantz was also under the influence — Scott noted she had a white substance around her nose. Nantz admitted she had snorted half of a Lortab. Scott found two loaded syringes in the vehicle that Nantz said contained Suboxone.

The child in the pickup was not in a booster seat. Social Services were notified and the child did attend school Monday.

Browning was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence — drugs (aggravating circumstances) second offense, driving on a DUI suspended license second offense and failure to maintain insurance first offense.

Nantz was charged with public intoxication — controlled substance, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense.

Nantz and Browning were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Corbin man arrested for trespassing

A Corbin man was arrested at the Pilot Truck Stop Thursday for trespassing, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Rodger W. Ayers, 62, of Corbin, was arrested at 2:30 a.m. and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing.

He was also charged on an outstanding Laurel County bench warrant for failure to appear in court on a third-degree assault charge.

He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

London man arrested

A complaint about a man who was acting suspiciously at a southern Laurel truck stop led to an arrest early Wednesday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

David C. Philpot, 34, of London, had been in the Pilot Truck Stop for about two hours when Deputy Mikey Ashurst responded to the complaint.

When Ashurst arrived, Philpot ran out a side door at the truck stop and headed toward David’s Steakhouse.

Root said a steakhouse employee helped Ashurst to corner Philpot.

After a brief struggle, Philpot was arrested, but Root said the handcuffed Philpot cursed and refused to comply with Ashurst’s commands.

As he was being put in the police car, Philpot slipped out of a handcuff and tried to push Ashurst to the ground as Philpot tried to again flee. After a brief foot chase, Ashurst wrestled the still struggling Philpot to the ground.

Ashurst tasered Philpot to bring him under control.

Philpot admitted he had smoked meth and had not slept for seven days. A glass smoking pipe was found in his possession.

On Thursday, Root said Philpot now faces an additional charge — theft by unlawful taking — related to a rental car Philpot had in his possession at the time of arrest.

Philpot was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Detective Jason Back is assisting an investigation on Philpot regarding other criminal cases being investigated by the sheriff’s office.

Stolen Hummer recovered

A yellow Hummer reported stolen was recovered by Deputy Josh Scott Monday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The Hummer was found at the end of Vaughn Ridge Road, eight miles west of London, after a deer hunter found the Hummer abandoned in the woods.

The Hummer was stolen Oct. 31 when two intruders burglarized a home on Oneal Road. The homeowner returned home and fired at the burglars, who fled in his Hummer.

Deputies are processing the vehicle for fingerprints and other evidence and will be seeking suspects once the investigation has been completed.

Deputies Shane Rice and Josh Scott are continuing the investigation.

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