Pineville woman jailed after blocking road, standoff with police

Published 11:01 am Monday, April 15, 2024

A Pineville woman was arrested early Friday morning after a standoff with police who responded to reports that she had blocked Jones Avenue with a mattress and other trash and was not allowing people to get to their homes.

According to a release from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Hunter Luttrell responded to the Jones Avenue address at 2:15 a.m. on Friday. At the scene, he came in contact with two individuals who said they were in their vehicle when the woman, later identified as 43-year-old Sherri Helton of Pineville, would not let them through the street and demanded identification.

They also stated that Helton placed a barrier behind their vehicle not allowing them to back up. When one of the victims tried to move the barricade, Helton struck him with a 2 x 4 in the arm.

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Once deputies came to the home, Helton was heard inside the trailer breaking glass and when asked to come out of the residence, she refused. She was seen at the window with a long pipe and blood was seen on the outside of the trailer and the front door.

Arriving on scene a short time later were additional deputies, Kentucky State Police, Pineville Police and Barbourville Police to assist. Helton still refused to come out of her home and was seen barricading herself inside.

After another attempt to have Helton exit the trailer and her refusing, Barbourville Police deployed pepper balls into the home.  A short time later she came out onto the porch making contact with Deputy Luttrell and Chief Deputy Jared Smith, but still would not comply with directions from the deputies and resisted arrest.

Sherri Helton was then lodged in the Bell County Detention Center, charged with unlawful imprisonment, disorderly conduct – 1st degree, assault – 2nd degree, criminal littering, and resisting arrest.