Car chase leads to arrest

Published 9:03 am Friday, November 24, 2017

A Pathfork man was arrested in Middlesboro on several charges after a police chase during the early morning hours of Nov. 22.

The citation states that while on patrol, Middlesboro Police Department Officer Nick Capps initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 white Buick for operating on a roadway with one headlight. The vehicle pulled over onto 42nd Street and Winchester Avenue.

The police said that once stopped, the back right passenger’s side door opened and an unidentified female got out. Capps stated that he told the woman to get back in the vehicle and she allegedly replied, “Honey, I can’t, they’re running.” He stated that the Buick then sped off, traveling south on 42nd Street with no outlet with Capps pursuing. The driver then reportedly traveled through the yard of a residence, came out onto 43rd Street, turned left onto Winchester Avenue and traveled westbound reaching 75 mph in a 35 mph zone. The Buick finally came to a stop on a gravel road in the Bell County Coal area and a man, later identified as 29-year-old Butch Frith, exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot down the road near an embankment.

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Frith allegedly refused to cooperate with Capps and Officer Michael Bradley, who assisted. They were eventually able to take him into custody.

Frith was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. He was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first-degree fleeing the police in a motor vehicle, second-degree fleeing the police on foot, resisting arrest, reckless driving, speeding 26 mph over the speed limit, and operating a vehicle with one headlight.

He was also charged on a complaint issued Nov. 6 by Kentucky State Police Trooper Taylor Mills of Post 10. Mills stated in that complaint that on Oct. 7 Frith and another male, identified as 28-year-old Kevin J. Perkins who was arrested Oct. 9, allegedly used or threatened the use of physical force against a man and woman with the intent to accomplish a theft while armed with a deadly weapon. The two men were also charged with third-degree sexual abuse for allegedly subjecting the woman to sexual contact without her consent.

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