High Speed Pursuit Results In Arrest of Wanted Felon
Darren Doyle, story:
Sheriff Shane Doyle recently announced that summer season lake patrol had begun in the Nolin area, thanks to additional funding from the US Army Corps of Engineers, which covers the cost of overtime for local officers to do so. That extra patrol resulted in eight different arrests this past Saturday night alone, including a pursuit that ended in the arrest of a wanted felon.
The Sheriff's office conducted a traffic safety checkpoint on May 26th at Nolin Dam while extending traffic enforcement in other lake communities later in the evening. Summertime months usually bring increased alcohol related offenses and impaired driving to the area. According to the sheriff's office, the extended patrolling can reduce the frequency of these issues.
During the safety checkpoint, deputies reported that they witnessed a vehicle make an Illegal u-turn at the checkpoint and flee on 728 towards Hwy 259. Deputies followed the driver in an attempt to make a traffic stop but the driver continued to flee onto Jock Road. The pursuit then continued north on 259 into Grayson County and the sheriff's office said they requested the help of Brownsville PD, Leitchfield PD, and the Grayson County Sheriff. During the pursuit, speeds reached over 100mph, according to authorities.
The vehicle was stopped at Ralph's Market where deputies found Joseph Lindsey, 27, of Brownsville as a passenger, and Jenny Sams, 40, of Glasgow as the driver. Through the investigation, deputies learned that the car fled because Lindsey was wanted on a bench warrant out of Edmonson Circuit Court for DUI, Felony Assault, and Criminal Mischief, and that Lindsey admittedly told Sams to flee on his behalf.
Sams and Lindsey were charged with Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree motor vehicle, and six counts of felony wanton endangerment. Sams faces an additional charge of Reckless driving.
In addition to this case, three other DUI arrests were made over the weekend: Robert L. Rich, 55, of Campbellsville, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle u/influence of ALC/drugs 1st off and Failure to wear seat belts; Samuel H. Griffin, 22, of Hartford was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle u/influence of ALC/drugs 1st off and Possession of open alcoholic beverage container; Amit Lamba, 19, of Louisville was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle u/influence of ALC/drugs 1st of, Operating ATV on a roadway, and Loss of open alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that traffic checkpoints paid off again, by getting impaired drivers off the road.
"Our partnership with our friends at Nolin Lake allows us to extend our patrols and focus in areas where we suspect impaired driving is increased," he said. "The whole purpose of these safety checkpoints is to decrease impaired driving and other illegal activities. We also appreciate our other local agencies for their great work as well."
The Sheriff's Office also served arrested warrants on two other individuals during the weekend.