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Artemus man arrested over drugs after trying to flee on ATV

From the Knox County Ky Sheriff's Department -

Roy Russ - KCDC

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Knox County Deputy Sam Mullins was patrolling in Artemus when he observed a Honda ATV traveling on KY 225. When Deputy Mullins activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop, the driver of the ATV refused to stop and attempted to flee. The ATV traveled through the back yard of a residence and later crashed into a ditch.

The driver, who was recognized as Roy Russ, fled on foot. While attempting to apprehend him, Deputy Mullins observed Roy Russ throw something into a corn patch. After Deputy Mullins caught Roy Russ, he refused to obey commands and a brief struggle ensued. The object thrown by Roy Russ was located and contained approximately 3 grams of suspected Heroin along with Oxycodone and Xanax tablets.

Roy Robert Russ age 52 of Artemus, KY was arrested and charged with two (2) counts of Fleeing or Evading Police-1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Roy Russ was wanted on two (2) Knox County Indictment Warrants for Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree, two (2) counts of Persistent Felony Offender I, Bail Jumping -1st Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence.

He was also wanted on a Kentucky Parole Board Warrant for a Parole Violation and a Knox County Bench Warrant for failure to appear on Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, No Insurance and Persistent Felony Offender I charges.

Roy Russ was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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