Whitesburg KY

State police arrest parolee from Isom

An Isom man, who allegedly violated a parole scheduled to last for the next 78 years, allegedly fled from police on Friday, leading to a pursuit that ended with his arrest.

Trooper Branden Watts attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 1994 Ford Mustang at 1:53 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at KY-7 North at Rockhouse.

Instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated and fled with Watts in pursuit. The pursuit was terminated for the safety of the public, but soon after Trooper Watts located the vehicle after it struck a tree about two miles up the road. Kentucky State Police in Hazard say the driver got out of the car and fled on foot. Trooper Watts gave chase and was able to arrest him.

Thomas Emmanuel Riley, 38, of Isom, was charged with numerous traffic violations in addition to possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, fleeing/evading police and wanton endangerment. Riley was lodged into Letcher County Jail. The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Watts.

Riley is listed by the state as absconded from parole. He had been serving 32 years on drug trafficking charges related to cocaine and methamphetamine, and weapons charges. He convicted in Letcher Circuit Court in November of 2017, but was paroled in June of 2019. He was to remain under supervision of the Prestonsburg office of the Department of Probation and Parole until January 1, 2099.

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