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Evarts man arrested after hitting police cruiser while fleeing

From The Harlan Daily Enterprise -

Jeremy Perkins - HCDC

An Evarts man was recently arrested after allegedly hitting a police cruiser in an attempt to get away with a cooler full of alcohol. 20 year old Jeremy Perkins, was arrested by Evarts Police Department officer Charles Bailey on Oct. 18.

According to Bailey’s citation, Perkins was seen speeding in a side-by-side while the officer was on patrol. Bailey said he followed Perkins, who slowed down due to traffic but then quickly accelerated again.

EPD officer Jeremy Jones blocked the road with his cruiser in order to assist Bailey when Perkins allegedly rammed the front of the cruiser in an attempt to get around the blockade.

After hitting Jones, Perkins proceeded to try and get away by accelerating again, but the off-road vehicle was immobilized after the collision. Perkins then began to argue with Jones.

Perkins and his 15-year-old passenger were not wearing helmets, according to Bailey’s citation.

Perkins allegedly told the officers he had drank two beers before driving and sped off because he was scared. The officers also discovered a cooler full of beer and liquor, along with another beer bottle in the cup holder of the off-road vehicle. Perkins was taken to Harlan ARH where he consented to all requested testing.

He was charged with reckless driving, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault (police officer), failure to comply with helmet law (21 years of age), first-degree fleeing/evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), first-degree wanton endangerment and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

Perkins was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center and released on a $5,000 full-cash bond.

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