High-speed pursuit leads to arrest, drug-trafficking charges

Published 6:00 pm Thursday, June 27, 2024

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two people on drug-trafficking charges following a high-speed pursuit across the county early Tuesday morning. 

It was about 1:30 a.m. on June 25 when Det. Sgt. Michael Mullins noticed a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu without its rear license plate illuminated and traveling at 69 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. 

The vehicle turned onto Goshen Road and accelerated at a high rate of speed, according to Mullins who then activated his emergency equipment. 

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The vehicle continued driving in a reckless manner, with both Mullins and Deputy Brandon McIntosh in pursuit, and traveled onto Gilbert’s Creek Road before turning onto Ky. Hwy. 39. 

At that time two bags of suspected drugs were thrown out of the passenger side window, according to the arrest citations. 

“The vehicle continued into Crab Orchard, then onto Ky. Hwy. 643 without stopping at stop signs,” the citation states. 

The driver then continued across Hwy. 643 to Ky. Hwy. 1247 before coming to a stop. 

Tyler Miller, 31, of 703 Rice Lane in Stanford was identified as the driver of the vehicle.  

Miller refused to exit the vehicle and was removed by deputies and taken to the ground. 

“Above was given several commands to stop resisting and to place his hands behind his back and he failed to comply and continued to have his hands tucked under his body,” the citation states. “I noticed a knife on his side.” 

Miller was struck in the upper arm and tased for five seconds. 

“…still without compliance, other officers gave strikes to effect the arrest to the legs; above failed to comply. Above was then placed in handcuffs and taken into a patrol car,” the citation states. 

Emergency Medical Services were called and transported Miller to Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital as Miller was complaining of chest pain. 

The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Emerald A. Loveless, 24, of 233 Parkers Mill Way in Somerset. 

Miller told deputies he was running because he thought his girlfriend, Loveless, had a warrant and “that he was scared.” Deputies located a large amount of U.S. currency in various denominations on Miller’s person. 

Loveless was arrested but did not have an active warrant. 

Deputies said large amounts of drugs were recovered from the ditch line that were thrown from the passenger window including two bags of suspected cocaine and fentanyl. 

Loveless told deputies that she never told Miller to stop and that “he kept saying he was sorry.” 

Miller was later lodged in the Rockcastle County Detention Center on the following charges: trafficking in controlled substance (carfentanil or fentanyl derivatives); criminal littering; no registration plates; no registration receipt; failure to produce insurance card; first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer; failure to register transfer of motor vehicle; failure of owner to maintain required insurance; failure to dim headlights; failure to wear seat belts; rear license plate not illuminated; obstructed vision and/or windshield; driving too fast for traffic conditions; failure to give oncoming vehicle ½ of highway; improper turning; failure to give right of way to vehicle passing opposite direction; speeding 26 mph or more over the speed limit; reckless driving; license to be in possession; tampering with physical evidence; fleeing and evading police; resisting arrest; improperly on left side of road; failure to or improper signal; and disregarding stop sign. 

Loveless was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center and charged with fleeing or evading police; tampering with physical evidence; trafficking in controlled substance (carfentanil or fentanyl derivatives); and trafficking in controlled substance (cocaine).