New Jersey man arrested in Pineville

Published 3:21 pm Monday, October 30, 2017

A New Jersey man was arrested in Pineville on several charges Oct. 27.

According to the citation, Kentucky State Trooper John Bledsoe, using radar, clocked a black Nissan Altima traveling 91 mph in a 55 mph zone on US 25E. After turning his cruiser around and activating his lights and siren, Bledsoe stated that he followed the vehicle at speeds reaching 117 mph until finally catching up to it.

Bledsoe further stated that he saw the Altima nearly strike a silver Pontiac while trying to weave between it and a red truck.

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The driver, identified as 46-year-old Craig Drigo of East Brunswick, New Jersey, hit the brakes pulling into the parking lot of Engle’s Market. Upon contact with Drigo, Bledsoe says he claimed he was traveling so fast because he was distraught after leaving AT&T in Corbin trying to get to Metro PCS.

Bledsoe added that the driver of the Pontiac pulled into the area, claiming to have two small children with her. The driver and her passenger corroborated their story with Bledsoe.

Drigo was charged on counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, speeding 20 mph or more over the limit and operating on a suspended or revoked license.

In other police news:

• Ashley Partin, 31, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Oct. 28 by Middlesboro Police Department Officer Nick Capps on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug, no operator’s license and rear license not being illuminated.

• Allen Kelly, 34, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Oct. 27 by MPD Officer Edward Dray on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and possession of marijuana.

• Tammy Miller, 41, of Elkhorn City, was arrested on Oct. 27 on charges of two counts of theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more but under $10,000 and engaging in an organized crime.

•William Hodge, 44, of Cummins, Georgia, was arrested on Oct. 25 by MPD Officer Michael Bradley on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

• Jennifer Saylor, 53, of Pineville was arrested on Oct. 23 on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Brian O’Brien of The Big One 106.3 WRIL FM contributed to this article.