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Vehicle Theft and Pursuit in Knott County Results in Arrest of Richmond Man

Date of News Release: 8/8/2017

Hindman, Ky. (July 25, 2017) – A Richmond, Kentucky man was arrested Tuesday morning after taking a vehicle from a Knott County convenient mart, then fleeing from police officers for several miles. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call from the Hindman Double Kwik on Highway 80 at around 7:45 a.m. this morning, advising that a man had taken a Chevrolet S-10 truck from the parking lot of the store. The truck was last seen traveling west on KY 80. Troopers with KSP Post 13 and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers from Region 6 were advised to attempt to locate this truck.

CVE Officer Kalin Caudill located the vehicle traveling west on HWY 80 and attempted to stop the truck. The driver refused to stop, then suddenly turned around on the roadway, near the Knott and Perry County line. The truck began traveling eastbound and the pursuit continued to the Floyd County line on HWY 80. When the truck crossed into Floyd County, the driver once again turned around and drove back into Knott County. Troopers Scott Caudill, Issac Whitaker and Jimmy Anderson attempted to stop the truck, when the driver attempted to make another turn on the roadway. As the truck tried to turn, Troopers surrounded the vehicle with their cruisers. The truck collided with two of the cruisers, before being forced into a ditch where the vehicle was immobilized. The driver of the truck exited the vehicle and began fleeing on foot, but was apprehended after a brief chase.

Jarod D. Stokley, age 27 of Richmond, KY, was arrested and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. He is charged with several offenses including DUI 1st Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Fleeing and Evading Police, Wanton Endangerment, Assault 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree. Mr. Stokley is also wanted for offenses in Fayette County, KY and Alabama. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Post 13.