By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
Still sporting black eyes, Johnny Lee Perkins, 33, appeared before Chief District Judge John Paul Chappell in Laurel District Court Thursday to answer for several charges related to a failed robbery attempt Christmas Eve.
Perkins is now set to appear before a grand jury in Laurel County Circuit Court Jan. 18.
According to London Police Chief Stewart Walker, an unknown suspect entered the North Main Speedway in London Dec. 24 dressed in a black jacket, a dark blue toboggan with a beer logo, and was driving a blue vehicle.
Responding officers arrived at the Speedway and learned the suspect had entered the store and said “this is a hold up” and that he was “robbing the store.”
The clerk, who was not injured during the robbery, asked the suspect if it was a joke, according to police reports. He said “no.”
She then threatened to call the police, which prompted the suspect to leave empty-handed.
London officers William Goins and Travis Couch located a light blue Chevrolet Cavalier in the parking lot of the West 80 Shell station.
Stewart said as soon as the driver of the Cavalier saw Goins, he drove from the lot and made a U-turn traveling into the right turning lane of Jerry’s Road and KY 80, west of I-75. Goins followed the suspect, stopping him at the I-75 overpass bridge.
When Goins attempted to make contact with the driver, he learned from dispatch the Cavalier was reported stolen. Before the officers approached the vehicle, the driver fled the scene.
London Police Sgt. Jessie Williams caught up with the pursuit at the intersection of KY 80 and North U.S. 25. According to Walker, the chase continued for “about two or three miles” through the intersections of KY 30 and KY 638, and continued through the intersection of KY 80 and KY 472.
Just past that intersection, police initiated a “high-speed box-in” and brought the driver to a stop along the guardrail.
Perkins faces charges of second-degree robbery, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment against a police officer, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, receiving stolen property under $10,000, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, first offense, resisting arrest and reckless driving.
For these alleged offenses, Perkins received a pending cash bond of $50,000.
Perkins was also charged with flagrant non-support, and for that charge received a pending cash bond of $5,500. It was said Thursday Perkins has never made child-support payments.