Officer injures ankle during pursuit

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MARTIN — A man who ran away when police informed him he was under arrest on an active warrant ended up facing a slew of charges in the process.

According to a citation filed in Floyd District Court, Sgt. Austin King and Lt. Justin Cooley, with the Martin Police Department, were called to the parking lot of Medicine Market Pharmacy Wednesday, to follow up on a report of two subjects in a green Chevrolet Blazer using drugs on the site.

The officers approached a vehicle matching the description of the call and made contact with the driver, who allegedly informed them his name was Stephen Castle. Police later learned, however, that the man was actually James R. Castle, 30, of Prestonsburg, and that he was wanted on a warrant.

When officers informed Castle that he was being placed under arrest, however, he did not immediately submit to authority.

“Castle then took his shoes off and fled from myself and Lt. Cooley,” King wrote in his report. “We ordered Castle to stop and attempted to detain him, but was unable to. I then struck Castle in the leg with my baton, which Castle still did not stop running.”

The chase ended 300 or 400 yards later, when Castle stopped and gave up, the citation says.

Castle told officers he did not require medical treatment, following the scuffle that resulted in his arrest. Lt. Cooley, however, injured his ankle in the chase and received treatment at St. Joseph Martin. His injury was not serious, however, and he was back at work the next day.

Castle was charged with second-degree fleeing police, second-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest and giving an officer a false name, all of which are misdemeanors. At his arraignment Thursday morning, however, the fleeing and endangerment charges were amended to first-degree charges, which are felonies.

Castle remains jailed at the Floyd County Detention Center, under a $5,000 cash bond.

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