Authorities say a 34-year-old Whitesburg man damaged two police cruisers while evading arrest Sunday evening.
Police say Ken Trent Jr., of CSX Drive, was observed traveling south on US 119 near Mayking at speeds of up to 71 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone around 4 p.m. on January 6, and did not stop when Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates activated his flashing lights.
KSP Trooper Michael Burton got in front of the 1995 white Jeep Cherokee Trent was driving, after which Trent attempted to get between Burton’s cruiser and a bridge railing. However, Trent struck the bridge railing and the right side of Burton’s cruiser, according to an arrest citation.
As the chase continued toward Whitesburg, Whitesburg Police Officer Henry Day stopped his cruiser in the opposite lane on the Whitesburg bypass. After seeing Day’s cruiser, Trent swerved onto Hale Drive, located 1.24 miles toward Whitesburg from Pine Mountain Junction, and nearly lost control of his Jeep, striking the front end of Day’s cruiser in the process.
The chase ended when Trent escaped by turning onto Easy Street, which turns into a dirt road, and fled on toward Little Cowan.
Trent appeared at the sheriff ’s department on January 7 to be interviewed and gave a recorded statement in which he admitted that he was operating the Jeep during the pursuit.
Trent was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of thirddegree assault of a police officer.
At press time, Trent remained in the Letcher County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000 cash plus home incarceration pending a preliminary hearing in Letcher District Court.