A Woodbine man, who allegedly fled from police in a motor vehicle and then again on foot, is being held in the Whitley County Detention Center on multiple charges.
Third-District Constable Dorman Patrick Jr. charged Daryl S. Moore, 26, with first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), receiving stolen property under $10,000 and failure to wear seatbelts in connection with the May 17 incident.
Patrick was on patrol when he observed a black Chevy Blazer traveling on Highway 92W with two occupants inside, who weren’t wearing seatbelts, Patrick wrote in a news release.
Patrick attempted to stop the vehicle near the intersection of West Main Street and Highway 92W but it sped off traveling at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner, the release noted.
The vehicle pursuit lasted for about two miles before the vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway, and the driver and passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to the release.
Williamsburg police officers and a K-9 unit responded to the scene to assist.
A police K-9 unit was able to track one of the suspects to a wooded area a short distance away, but neither suspect was located at the time.
About 11 p.m., one of the suspects was reported to be in the Beck Creek Road area knocking on doors and asking to use the telephone.
The description of that person matched the same description of one of the suspects, who ran on foot, Patrick wrote in the release.
Later the next morning, police received information about the possible whereabouts of one of the suspects. Williamsburg police then responded to a residence on Browns Creek Road where they located Moore and took him into custody, Patrick wrote.
Patrick said that the other occupant in the vehicle has been identified and a warrant will soon be obtained for his arrest.
Moore pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment Thursday afternoon in Whitley District Court.
Judge Fred White appointed the public advocate’s office to represent Moore and set a $10,000 cash bond.
In addition to the four offenses Patrick charged Moore with, he also had three outstanding warrants for his arrest in connection with unrelated incidents.
Two of the warrants were for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The third warrant was for failure to appear in circuit court.
Moore pleaded guilty to both unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges Thursday.
White sentenced him to a 12-month jail sentence. After Moore serves the first 90 days in jail, the remainder of the sentence will be probated for two years.
White also ordered Moore to pay court costs in both cases.
Moore waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the fleeing or evading case Monday morning, and Whitley District Judge Cathy Prewitt ordered the case sent to the Whitley County Grand Jury for consideration of a possible indictment.
The vehicle that Moore was allegedly driving on May 17 was entered into the National Crime Information Center as stolen. The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating that case.
Officers assisting with the investigation included: Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, Sgt. Brandon White, Detective Bobby Freeman, Lt. Jim Pool, K-9 Officer Elijah Hunter, K-9 Officer Brandon Prewitt, Officer Mike Taylor, Officer Cody Jeffries and Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley.