2017-02-15 / Front Page

Cops still seeking man who ran over KSP officer’s foot

Police are still looking for a Whitesburg man who police say led them on a pursuit from Isom to Elk Creek on Friday night.

Trooper Jody Sims, public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard, said the incident began Friday night near Isom IGA, when Troopers Scott Caudill and Michael Burton stopped a black Jeep Cherokee for a suspected registration violation. Caudill was standing at the window and had had a brief conversation with the driver, 43-year-old James “Jimmy John” Freeman, when Freeman suddenly sped away, Sims said. The vehicle apparently ran over Caudill’s foot as it pulled out.

Caudill and Burton pursued the vehicle south on Highway 7 to Blackey, and up Hwy. 3408 and onto Elk Creek Road. Police said Freeman jumped out of the Jeep on Elk Creek and ran into the woods. Police were unable to locate him.

Caudill was taken to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for a possible foot injury, and released. He is continuing the investigation.

Kentucky State Police are asking that anyone with information about Freeman’s whereabouts contact Post 13 at (606) 435-6069.

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