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March 25, 2013

Police Roundup - March 25, 2013


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CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Police: speeds exceeded 100 mph in Whitley County chase

A Barbourville man was arrested late Saturday after he led police on a chase that began in Campbell County, Tenn., and ended in Whitley County, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 London Public Affairs Officer TFC Don Trosper.

The London Post was notified of the chase along the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 about 11:34 p.m. by the Campbell County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department. The Tennessee department then ended its pursuit. Kentucky State Police Trooper Les Moses and officers from the Williamsburg Police Department saw a Ford Mustang that was traveling at a high rate of speed at the 11 mile marker on I-75 north that matched the description of the vehicle involved in the Tennessee pursuit.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle for speeding but the driver refused to stop and purposely struck a Williamsburg Police Department Vehicle driven by Officer Jason Strunk, according to the Williamsburg Police Department.

Trosper said a police chase began, with the estimated top speed in excess of 100 mph, that continued north on I-75 to the 15 mile marker exit and then north on U.S. 25.

The chase ended near the intersection of U.S. 25 and Hwy. 90, where the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department had deployed a tire deflation device that deflated two of the tires on the Mustang, which slowed the pursuit and brought it to an end.

The driver of the Mustang, Marrien K. Prince, 53, of Barbourville, refused to comply with the officer’s requests to show his hands and began to resist arrest. After a struggle between Prince and the officers, he was taken into custody.

Prince was taken to the Baptist Health in Corbin and was later taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained during the incident. Prince was listed in stable condition.

Moses was treated and released from Baptist Health hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident.

Moses charged Prince with resisting arrest, speeding and other traffic-related violations.

Williamsburg police said officers were aware during the pursuit that the license plates on the Mustang driven by Prince were not actually registered to that vehicle. Upon arrest, law enforcement learned that Prince was driving on a DUI suspended license. There were also two active warrants for his arrest.

An investigation into this matter is continuing, and a case will be presented by Williamsburg police to a Whitley County grand jury.

Trosper said it isn’t known if Prince will also face charges from the Campbell County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department.

Drugs, counterfeit money lead to arrest in Laurel

Drugs, a shotgun and counterfeit money were among the items found in a truck during a traffic stop Saturday, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 London Public Affairs Officer TFC Don Trosper.

Thomas Jackson, 38, of East Bernstadt, and Roger Baker, 45, of Livingston, were arrested about 5:20 a.m. after Sgt. Steve Walker stopped the 1994 Dodge truck they were riding in for traffic violations.Walker determined both men were under the influence of something so he arrested the driver, Jackson, for driving under the influence (drugs) and Baker for public intoxication (drugs).

After receiving consent to search the truck, officers found about four grams of crystal methamphetamine, 98 grams of processed and bagged marijuana, numerous prescription medications, a set of scales and bags for packaging drugs, one shotgun, a large amount of counterfeit U.S. currency and a large amount legitimate U.S. currency.  

Jackson and Baker were also charged with trafficking in marijuana, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and 55 counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument. Both were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Walker continues the investigation and was assisted by Deputy Justin Walker, Constable Denver Mays and officers from the U.S. Secret Service.

Public’s help needed to find BP robbery suspect

Laurel County Sheriff John Root has asked for the public’s help in finding the man responsible for Friday’s armed robbery of the BP/Krystal located along Hwy. 770 near the Interstate 75 interchange in North Corbin.

Root said the robbery happened about 8:40 p.m. when the man, who was armed with a semiautomatic pistol, entered the BP side of the business and robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of money. The man then fled on foot and has not been located.

The suspect is described as white man, age 40-50 with a gray beard. He was wearing a blue hoodie, and cap, blue jeans, sandals and socks, Root said.

Officers assisting at the scene were Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and deputies Brett Reeves, Larry Parrott and Kevin Berry. Also assisting was Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason McCown and his K9, and KSP Sgt. Bill Elliott.

Anyone with information about this armed robbery is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000. Callers can remain anonymous.