Man indicted for fleeing, endangerment


Caudill allegedly led police on car chase

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



A Harlan man has been indicted on charges stemming from a 2015 arrest for allegedly fleeing from police.

Jimmy Caudill, 49, was served with an indictment warrant on Wednesday.

According to the citation issued to Caudill on April 1, Kentucky State Police Trooper Rodney Sturgill observed Caudill driving on U.S. 421 in Harlan. Caudill weaved into the left lane, nearly striking KSP Trooper Andy Soltess. Sturgill initiated emergency lights and attempted a traffic stop, but Caudill continued driving. He turned onto KY 72, continuing to ignore the trooper’s lights and siren. Caudill continued up KY 72, turning on to a gravel mine road and continued until the road became too rough to travel. Caudill took a small trail off the mountain and attempted to hide his vehicle behind his house. Trooper Kenny Abner located the vehicle, with the engine still warm and Caudill inside the residence. Caudill appeared under the influence of alcohol. His wife advised police she had just gotten home and had passed troopers chasing Caudill.

The citation also stated, Caudill refused to submit to a sobriety test, and was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital. Caudill refused to contact an attorney and submitted to blood and urine tests. His license was suspended at the time of the stop.

Caudill was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to wear a seat belt, reckless driving, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and persistent felony offender II.

He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.

In other police activity:

• James Cochran, 35, of Kenvir, was served an indictment warrant on Wednesday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Bailey. He was indicted for flagrant non-support and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 surety bond;

• Mervin Weedman, 49, of Evarts, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Evarts City Assistant Police Chief Owen Noe on Wednesday. Weedman was indicted for flagrant non-support and persistent felony offender I and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 surety bond.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.

Caudill allegedly led police on car chase

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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