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Martin Co Man Arrested on DUI Charges

Paintsville, KY, USA / WSIP FM 98.9 | New Country

According to a news release from the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, on the night of Wednesday, January 17 at 10:55 PM, Sheriff John Kirk attempted to pull over a vehicle due to the vehicles rear license plate not illuminated and the registration had expired. While observing the car, Sheriff Kirk stated that he witnessed the car cross the white lines several times. Sheriff Kirk said the car then sped up and tried to escape. The driver of the vehicle tried flee from Sheriff Kirk on KY RT 645 at speeds up to 65 mph. During the pursuit, Sheriff Kirk said the driver threw some items out the window and upon investigation, Deputies found a used syringe in the Rt 645 area, where the driver tossed items out the window. The vehicle finally came to a stop at a house off Gayle Carter Road, where Sheriff Kirk and his Deputies took the driver into custody. The driver, identified as James Harless, age 51 of Tomahawk, Ky. allegedly had glassy eyes and slurred speech. Harless was given a field sobriety test at the scene and Sheriff Kirk said he showed all signs of being intoxicated and was placed under arrest. A woman who was a passenger in the vehicle, told Deputies that she begged Harless to pull over. Harless was first taken to an area Hospital for a blood test. Harless was charged with Speeding, Fleeing or Evading Police, Driving under the Influence, and multiple other charges. He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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