The Bell County Grand Jury has indicted a Harlan man who was believed to be involved in a pursuit in July that resulted in a Kentucky State Police Trooper sustaining a non life-threatening injury.
According to earlier reports from Kentucky State Police Post 10, Trooper John Messer sustained a non life-threatening injury during a foot pursuit in Bell County.
According to the release, Troopers George Howard and Messer were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on KY 72 at Blackmont around 7:35 p.m. when a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck attempted to strike troopers and continued east on KY 72. The truck then swerved off of KY 72 onto an old railroad bed and fled into a wooded area. As Messer was pursuing the suspect, he sustained a non life-threatening injury.
Police said Messer was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.
The name of the driver was released as Basil Gilpin, 38, and the public was asked to contact the Kentucky State Police post in Harlan with any information that may lead to his arrest.
According to another report, Gilpin was arrested in Tennessee several days later in Maynardville and was taken into custody by the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department on an unrelated warrant.
According to the indictment, Gilpin is still being held at the Claiborne County Jail.
The grand jury is indicting Gilpin on two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree assault of a police officer, trafficking in marijuana (8 ounces to less than 5 pounds), reckless driving, no or expired registration receipt, no or expired registration plate, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required security/insurance and first-degree persistent felony offender.
The passenger in the vehicle, Paula Denise Gregory, 35, of Harlan, has also been indicted by the grand jury.
Gregory is indicted on intoxication/controlled substance, first-degree fleeing or evading police, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, trafficking in marijuana (8 ounces to less than 5 pounds) and first-degree persistent felony offender.
In other police news, Meghan M. Miniard, 25, of Baxter, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
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