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Man’s failure to wear his seatbelt brings arrest after chase, scuffle

Police say they had to fire two rounds with a Taser and fire an “impact weapon” at a Blackey man’s calf muscle before he could be arrested after leading officers on a chase down Kentucky 7 South.

Officers from the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department say they saw Rodney L. Sexton, 29, of 7103 Highway 931 North, driving without a seat belt on October 6 and attempted to pull over his 1994 Toyota Corolla at Carbon Glow.

Police say Sexton appeared to be pulling his car off the road, but then accelerated.

After traveling a mile, police say Sexton pulled off the northbound shoulder into a gravel parking lot near Letcher Elementary School and jumped out of the car while it was in motion. Because a woman and two children were passengers in the car, Lt. Brian Damron said he used his cruiser to keep the car from rolling off an embankment into the Kentucky River.

Damron said Deputy Travis Cantrell chased Sexton, who resisted arrest, and brought him down with his Taser. Damron said that when Sexton attempted to push himself up he hit Sexton in the calf with an impact weapon.

Sexton was charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, first-degree criminal mischief, failure to wear seat belt and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance.

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