A DUI traffic stop turned into a felony wanton endangerment charge after the suspect nearly hit a police car, Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said.
The sheriff’s department received a complaint on Monday that a man was down on the ground in front of Barker’s Grocery at McRoberts, picking at things on the ground and talking to himself. By the time deputies arrived, he had gotten into a car and had driven away.
Stines said as deputies were look- ing for the vehicle, the car nearly hit the cruiser driven by Deputy Mike Enfusse head-on.
Deputies Alexis Stambaugh and Seth Whitaker located the car on Tom Biggs Road, and pulled it over.
Stines said a search of the vehicle turned up a bag of methamphetamine and several Xanax pills in a metal box.
The driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Stephen Matthew Bailey, was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), driving under the influence of drugs, and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Bailey, of McRoberts, had been living in a group home for drug rehabilitation.