Whitesburg KY

Pert Creek man is arrested in case that began last year

Police have arrested a Pert Creek man on multiple charges related to a car and foot chase last summer.

Officers with the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department and Whitesburg Police Department took Sherrell Sandlin, 39, into custody without incident about 1 p.m. Monday at his mother’s home.

Sandlin was wanted on two warrants, one from Letcher County and one from Jefferson County. Then Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Sidney Fields said in a warrant affidavit last year that Sandlin drove past him at Pine Mountain Junction and was not wearing a seatbelt. Fields attempted to pull him over, but Fields said Sandlin would not stop the vehicle. Fields pursued the vehicle up Pert Creek, where it ran into a ditch. Fields said he tazed Sandlin, who removed the probes and ran into the woods.

Fields said in the affidavit for the warrant that in plain view inside Sandlin’s vehicle, he found more than two grams of methamphetamine, multiple needles, and a scale with residue on it that appeared to be meth.

In the warrant, Sandlin was charged with failure to maintain insurance, first-degree fleeing and evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, firstdegree wanton endangerment of a police officer, operating a vehicle on a suspended license, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to wear seat belt.

The Jefferson County warrant was in a 2017 case in the Louisville area. Sandlin was charged in that warrant with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified drug), carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Mickey Stines said he and four deputies, along with two Whitesburg Police officers, went in search of Sandlin. Some went to the camper trailer in which he lives, and Stines and others went to his mother’s house. Stines said he had talked to the mother before, and she let them in. While searching the house, Stines said, they found Sandlin asleep in the bedroom and arrested him without incident.

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