A woman is in jail and a man is being sought by police after a traffic stop turned into a pursuit.
Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Seth Whitaker arrested Miranda Jenell Frazier, 39, of 128 Sizemore Dr., Premium, near the head of Stampers Branch on June 25 and charged her with first-degree wanton endangerment, driving on a suspended operator’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree fleeing and evading police (motor vehicle), and first-degree fleeing and evading police (on foot).
Whitaker wrote in a citation that he was on patrol at Isom when he met a black passenger car and recognized Frazier as the driver, and was aware she had outstanding warrants. He said she also recognized him, and before he could turn his vehicle around, she turned up Stampers Branch and fled. Whitaker said he turned on his lights and sirens and pursued her up the hollow, seeing her run one SUV off the road after nearly hitting it head on. He said she continued to the 1100 block of Stampers Branch when she attempted to stop the vehicle and jumped out, running up into the woods. A passenger that Whitaker said he recognized as Shawn Hall also jumped out and the vehicle ran over a hill. Whitaker said a glass pipe containing a residue believed to be methamphetamine fell out of the car as they jumped out.
Whitaker said when he caught Frazier in the woods and arrested her, she told him she had eaten heroin and methamphetamine in the car while she was running from him, and was falling over in the back seat of his vehicle. He took her to the emergency room for treatment before she was transferred to the Letcher County Jail, where she still remained on Tuesday.
In addition to the charges related to the chase, Frazier is charged in two warrants with first-degree bail jumping and flagrant nonsupport.
Hall, who was not arrested that night, is also wanted on outstanding warrants, Sheriff Mickey Stines said.