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Evarts man rams police cruiser while intoxicated

An Evarts man was recently arrested after allegedly hitting a police cruiser in an attempt to get away with a cooler full of alcohol.

Jeremy Perkins, 20, 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 on a $5,000 full-cash bond.

In other police activity:

• John Payne, 26, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan City Police Department officers on Oct. 16. He was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing, second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking ($10,000 or more but under $1 million), second-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full-cash bond;

• Randall Jones, 40, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 19. He was charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (greater than or equal to 2 grams methamphetamine), first-degree trafficking controlled substance (less than 2 grams methamphetamine), trafficking marijuana (less than 8 ounces) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full-cash bond;

• Andrea Maher, 38, of Fort Myers, Fla., was arrested by Harlan City Police Department officers on Oct. 20. She was lodged as a fugitive from another state (warrant required) in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full-cash bond;

• Brittany Parrott, 31, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 21. She was charged with contempt of court, first-degree trafficking controlled substance (less than 2 grams methamphetamine), third-degree trafficking controlled substance (less than 20 pills) and third-degree possession of controlled substance. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full-cash bonds totaling $12,500;

• Jesse Faulkner, 27, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Oct. 21. He was charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance (greater than or equal to 2 grams methamphetamine) and third-degree possession of controlled substance. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full-cash bond.