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Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 02/05/2015

(LONDON, KY.) - On Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at approximately 9:42 PM, Trooper Mike King was patrolling on KY 1223 in southern Laurel County when he observed a 2002 Dodge Stratus with expired registration. Trooper King then activated his emergency equipment and stopped the vehicle. As Trooper King exited his patrol car to conduct an interview the operator, later identified as Tiffany J. Hotaling, 23, of Keavy, accelerated and took off traveling northbound on US 25 towards London.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated and the operator continued traveling northbound on US 25 at a high rate of speed for approximately eight (8) miles. During the eight mile pursuit, Hotaling swerved her vehicle and intentionally struck two separate patrol cars in an attempt to run Troopers off the roadway.

As Hotaling approached the city limits of London, she decreased her speed and Troopers were able to safely perform a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver which disabled Hotaling's vehicle. After the vehicle came to a stop, Hotaling and her two passengers were apprehended.

Hotaling was arrested and charged with Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd Degree, DUI 2nd, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and several other traffic charges.

Passengers arrested were:

Felicia E. McQueen, 21, of Corbin, was charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense and resisting arrest.

Daniel C. Ball, 22, of London, was charged with Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest.

All three were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Trooper Mike King continues the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Jack Riley, Trooper Brandon Creekmore, Trooper Jason McCowan, Officers with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Laurel County Sheriff's Office.