, Corbin, KY

Local News

February 24, 2014

W’burg man arrested after reckless driving complaint

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Williamsburg man remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center faces numerous charges after his arrest last week.

According to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell, Deputy John Hill responded to a complaint of reckless driving on KY-1804.

He added that deputies received multiple calls of a tan Chevrolet Chevette driving recklessly and another call that the vehicle had crashed between Boston Elementary School and Lot Mudd Creek Road.

Harrell said that moments later, another call came in that the Chevette had left

scene of the crash and was in the Bunker Hill area.

Harrell said that Hill was unable to locate the car in Bunker Hill, so he turned onto Buck Creek to try to locate the Chevette.

Harrell said that was a good move, as Hill located the car and driver approximately one half mile down that road -- crashed in a ditch.

Harrell said when Hill arrived he saw Johnny L. Golden, of Buck Creek Road standing beside the Chevette -- he allegedly told Hill he had crashed.

Hill reported that Golden appeared to be very unsteady on his feet, and when Hill asked Golden if he had any weapons or anything illegal in his pockets, Golden allegedly refused to answer.

Hill began to search him, when Golden allegedly struck Hill in the face and attempted to flee on foot.

The sheriff said Hill pursued Golden on foot and eventually deployed his Taser to stop Golden, who was crossing a fence.

Golden was arrested and searched, Harrell said.

Deputy Bo Harris allegedly found a marijuana cigarette, eight Suboxone strip packages and one opened Suboxone strip package.

Harris then transported Golden to Baptist Health Corbin for toxicology tests.

Golden faces charges of possession of marijuana, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree disorderly conduct, first-degree assault, first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, failure of owner to maintain insurance, no Kentucky registration plate, no Kentucky registration receipt, and permit unlicensed operator to operate motor vehicle.

He remains in the detention center under a $15,000 cash bond.

Hill was assisted by Deputy Bo Harris and Lt. Millard Root.

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