Police News for Aug. 22

August 22, 2004

Police pursue driver 147 miles

SOMERSET - A Crab Orchard man led police on a 147-mile pursuit through Pulaski, Lincoln, Garrard and Madison counties that ended only after a wreck and pursuit on foot. Robert J. Baier, 23, of 54 North Flatwood Road, Crab Orchard, was charged by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department with first-degree fleeing/evading police, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, no licensed operator, no insurance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving from side to side in roadway, improper passing, resisting arrest and trafficking in marijuana.

According to their report, Deputy Johathan Williams attempted to stop the 1993 Toyota on U.S. 27 after he witnessed it driving in a reckless manner at 1:47 a.m. Friday. The vehicle stopped at Ky. 1247 and U.S. 27, allowing two men to exit the Toyota. After a U-turn at Paul's Discount, the vehicle headed north on U.S. 27. Baier wrecked in Garrard County on Old Railroad Grade Road and proceeded on foot. He was arrested a short time later, ending the almost two-hour pursuit.


Other agencies involved included the State Police, London and Richmond posts, Garrard County Constables, Crab Orchard Police and Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Baier faces 35 separate traffic and criminal charges. A state police dispatcher could not provide a list of the charges.

Two charged with pushing drugs near school

LANCASTER - Two men were arrested Friday for selling cocaine, heroin and marijuana within 1,000 yards of Lancaster Elementary, after citizens complained. Cecil Byrd, 24, of 544 Goshen Cutoff was charged with trafficking cocaine within 1,000 yards of a school, trafficking heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine powder.

Rick Simpson, 18, of 232 Stanford Street, was charged with trafficking marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school, possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say they observed Simpson through a fence talking about selling marijuana to students. He was found with a roach and a bag of marijuana in his pocket.

After an investigation, police stopped Byrd for suspected drug activity and found on him 22 crack cocaine rocks, black heroin, powdered cocaine and a razor blade.

Tools stolen in Harrodsburg

HARRODSBURG - Tools valued at $840 were stolen from a garage behind a house at 327 S. Main St., city police said. Hollie Sims reported Tuesday that a Milwaukee Sawzall, drill, drill bits, gray tool box, hole saws and hole punch set were stolen within the previous week.

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