The McCreary County Record

May 14, 2014

A Shocking Brush with the Law

Pine Knot man tased after fleeing traffic stop

News Editor

PINE KNOT —  A man hoping to avoid a trip to jail got more than he bargained for when he fled law enforcement officials Monday afternoon.

    James “Red” Wilson, 34, of Pine Knot was arrested and charged with second-degree Fleeing and Evading (on foot), Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.

    The incident began at approximately 2:30 p.m. May 12 as Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Reed attempted to make a traffic stop to investigate a parole violation.

    Trp. Reed stopped a white Saturn on KY 1651 across from Pine Knot Preschool.

    The officer witnessed Wilson exit the rear of the vehicle and run south behind some houses.

    A female occupant — Wilson’s wife Anna Bell (aka Sexton), 38 — fled to a nearby residence while the driver fled the scene.

    As other officers responded to help — setting up a perimeter along both US 27 and Southern Highway — Trp. Reed tracked the Wilson across Coffey Lane and into the brush at the bottom of the embankment along the southbound lane of US 27.

    With McCreary County Sheriff’s Detective David Sampson assisting in the brush, Reed located Wilson hiding in the creekbed. When Wilson initially failed to comply with Trp. Reed’s orders, the officer discharged his taser.

    Though stunned by the taser and suffering a hand wound sustained in jumping a barbed wire fence, Wilson escaped serious injury — if not apprehension.

    Court records indicated that both Wilson and Bell had been scheduled to appear in McCreary Circuit Court on Monday morning. Both are listed with the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup system as being on parole for drug trafficking offenses dating back to 2009. However, Wilson was also classified as “Absconded” as of March 19 of this year.

    Wilson and Bell were separately transported to the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office where a transport officer was waiting to transfer them to the Wayne County Detention Center.

    Assisting at the scene were McCreary County Sheriff Gus Skinner, Deputy Tom Smith, Constable Donald Daugherty and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers.