Man who avoids checkpoint couldn’t avoid jail

Published 2:51 pm Monday, July 22, 2019

The man who avoided an approved checkpoint Friday night found out he couldn’t avoid going to jail.

Austin Snowden, 25, of Middlesboro, is charged with speeding 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, failure to illuminate head lights, rear license plate not illuminated, no registration plates, no registration receipt, no insurance, failure to wear seat belts, reckless driving, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), disregarding a stop sign, first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Kentucky State Police report Snowden attempted to avoid a checkpoint by pulling into a driveway instead of going through the checkpoint.

When Snowden pulled into the driveway, he turned off the headlights of the vehicle. Shortly after, he pulled back into the roadway and kept the lights off. Kentucky State Troopers Josh Messer and Taylor Mills then proceeded to pursue Snowden.

The troopers continued to follow Snowden approximately 11 miles to the top of Fonde Mountain. Snowden then failed to negotiate a sharp right-hand curve and collided with a guardrail. He got out of the car through the driver’s window and fled from the troopers on foot.

He was apprehended by trooper Mills after a foot pursuit several hundred yards into the woods.

Snowden was transported to the Bell County Detention Center, where he remains on a $75,000 cash bond.