Police News for Oct. 20

October 20, 2004

Three men face drug charges

LIBERTY - A Casey County driver and two passengers were arrested Tuesday night on charges ranging from possession of drugs to fleeing and evading police.

Robert H. Pittman, 37, of 670 Willow Springs Road, Liberty, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, first-degree promoting contraband, possession of marijuana, and first-degree fleeing and evading police.

Danny L. Vest, 45, of 171 Moxley Road, Liberty, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, alcohol intoxication, possession of a revoked driver's license, possession of a controlled substance not in original container, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and first-degree promoting contraband.


Michael L. Vest, 44, of 360 Carmicle St., Liberty, was charged with tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, alcohol intoxication, possession of marijuana, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance not in original container.

Each was lodged in Casey County Detention Center.

The men were arrested by local police officers Brian Allen and Steven Garrett who attempted to stop Pittman's vehicle at the intersection of Whipp and Trammel streets. The three were apprehended after the officers blocked off a street, according to Police Chief Ron Whited.

Casey man charged in burglary

LIBERTY - Richard Hogue, 19, of 142 Neff Road, Liberty, was charged Tuesday with burglary and theft, police said.

Hogue was arrested by local police Sgt. Joey Miller and charged with third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking more than $300. The charges stem from a burglary last week at Hometown Auto Parts on Hustonville Street, according to Police Chief Ron Whited.

Other charges are pending, and the case is still under investigation.

Several vehicles were broken in to the same night, but no arrests have been made, the chief said.

Van overturns; driver injured

LIBERTY - Elmer H. Girard, 55, of Liberty, was injured when his 2001 Chevrolet van overturned Tuesday night on U.S. 127 six miles north of here, state police said.

Girard was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

Trooper Mike Woodrum reported that Girard was driving south on U.S. 127 at a high rate of speed when the vehicle went out of control and overturned. Girard was not wearing a seat belt.

Washington man hurt in crash

SPRINGFIELD - Michael A. Carney, 37, of Springfield, was treated Monday for injuries and cited on traffic offenses after an accident, state police said.

Carney was treated at Flaget Hospital in Bardstown, then transferred to University of Louisville Hospital.

Trooper David Gibbs said Carney was driving east on Ky. 458 when his 1985 pickup truck failed to round a curve, ran off the road and struck a tree. Carney was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and other traffic offenses.

Hunting accident victim improving

PARKSVILLE - The condition of Melvin Baker, 54, has been upgraded from critical to stable at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, according to his daughter, Tammy Baker. He was accidentally shot Saturday after falling on his hunting rifle, a .50 caliber muzzle loader.

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