Two men are facing multiple charges after they were arrested following a traffic stop. During the incident, the pair allegedly traded shoes so one of them could run from the police.
Michael Holbrook, 26, of Coxton, and Randall Cottrell, 28, of Evarts, were arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Carlock on Sunday.
According to the complaints, Holbrook was a passenger in a car operated by Cottrell that was pulled over on KY 38 at Brookside. Both men gave police false names in an attempt to avoid being identified. Police found a used syringe, a metal spoon and one Suboxone strip inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. An open beer can was also found. Holbrook and Cottrell were placed under arrest and handcuffed. Holbrook then allowed Cottrell to switch shoes with him because Cottrell was wearing sandals and Holbrook was wearing running shoes. The pair switched shoes to enable Cottrell to run from police. Holbrook also allowed Cottrell to begin running without notifying police.
Holbrook was additionally served with an arrest warrant, obtained by Carlock, which states Holbrook burglarized a home at Coxton Loop, taking a cell phone, tablet, computer and other personal property. Holbrook and a co-defendant entered the home by prying the front door open.
Holbrook was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, buy/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension and giving an officer a false name or address. He was also served with an indictment warrant for first-degree promoting contraband, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.
Holbrook was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on three full cash bonds totaling $16,000.
Cottrell was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, buy/possession of drug paraphernalia, giving an officer a false name or address, second-degree fleeing or evading police, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, possession of open alcoholic beverage container, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, rear license not illuminated, improper equipment, vehicle a nuisance, failure to or improper signal, failure to wear seat belt, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a legend drug, prescription controlled substance not in original container and public intoxication by controlled substance. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on multiple full cash bonds totaling $20,000.
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