Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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October 5, 2010

Doctor in chase case won’t testify

GLASGOW — The testimony of a doctor in the case of a man charged in a February police chase does not have to be read by the doctor in question, the judge ruled in Barren County Circuit Court on Monday.

The commonwealth’s attorney’s office withdrew the subpoena for testimony of a doctor who read the X-ray of Billy R. Stinnett after he crashed his car during the police chase.

Stinnett, 28, of Glasgow, faces charges of reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 25 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police), two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, five counts of disregarding a stop sign, speeding in a restricted zone and resisting arrest.

The commonwealth did not feel it needed the testimony of Dr. Reagan Leverett to proceed with the prosecution of Stinnett, and the commonwealth did not intend to call her to the stand during the trial.

Stinnett led police in a chase which began as a complaint of reckless driving on Peterson Road in Hiseville that became a high-speed pursuit from Ky. 740, into Glasgow on Edmonton Road and continued through eastern Barren County on Hollow, Lick Branch, J. Birge, Burkesville, H. Miller and New Salem roads, Columbia and Grand avenues and North Green Street, among others. He ran off the road many times, trying to force deputies from the Barren County Sheriff’s Office off the roads as well and causing damage to cruisers and many citizens’ vehicles along the way. The chase continued until Stinnett knocked a gas meter off a house on East Cherry Street and crashed into the worship center next door, according to information from the Barren County Sheriff’s Office.

Stinnett then allegedly attempted to flee on foot toward the back of the former E.B. Terry School where Sheriff Chris Eaton and deputies caught and arrested him. Stinnett also allegedly pulled a knife as deputies attempted to subdue him. Several law enforcement officials suffered minor injuries, including one broken hand.

After Stinnett was arrested, an active mobile methamphetamine lab was found in the minivan and a vial of meth was found on the ground near the van.

The Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force charged Stinnett with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of meth precursor, first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, second offense, and knowingly possessing anhydrous ammonia with the intent to manufacture meth.

Stinnett is being held at the Barren County Correction Center on a $20,000 bond.

No other comments were made by the commonwealth or the department of public advocacy, who represents Stinnett.

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