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Police search for Pert Creek man after chase

Sandlin accused of meth trafficking, fleeing


Sherrell Sandlin in ID photo provided by the Letcher County Sheriff's Dept.

Sherrell Sandlin in ID photo provided by the Letcher County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Letcher County Sheriff’s Department said residents should consider a Pert Creek man armed and dangerous after he led officers on a car chase Friday, and then fled on foot.

The sheriff’s department said Deputy Sidney Fields saw Sherrell Sandlin driving a black Jeep without a seat belt near Pine Mountain Junction, and saw the Jeep had no license plate.

The sheriff’s office said Sandlin turned the Jeep onto Pert Creek Road at high speed and attempted to elude Fields, nearly hitting an oncoming vehicle on the one-lane road. Whitesburg Police and an off-duty Neon Police officer also joined the pursuit.

Police said Sandlin drove about a half-mile before getting out of the vehicle and running away.

Sandlin is still at large, but has been charged with failure to wear seat belts, no license plate, no insurance, first-degree fleeing and evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, wanton endangerment of a police officer, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, and first degree trafficking in more than two grams of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sandlin is also wanted in Jefferson County after he failed to appear in court March 28 on drug and weapons charges.

According to court records, Louisville Metro Police Officer Trent Sturgill arrested Sandlin on August 23, 2017, and charged him with first degree possession of a controlled substance (methampetamine) first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified drug) first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

He was released on personal recognizance September 5, but a warrant was issued September 15 when he failed to meet with pre-trial services and did not appear in court. That warrant was later recalled, but court records show Sandlin missed several court appearances through March, when Jefferson District Judge Amber Wolf issued the most recent warrant for failure to appear.

The Letcher County Sheriff’s office said Sandlin is considered armed and dangerous because of the previous concealed weapons charge, and the fact that officers found ammunition and drugs during a search of his vehicle following the pursuit.


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