Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 13, 2010

Chase suspect pleads not guilty

GLASGOW — The man who led police on a chase through Barren and Hart counties in February was arraigned on the charges related to the chase Monday morning in Barren County Circuit Court.

Billy R. Stinnett, 28, 304 Georgetown Lane in Glasgow, entered a not guilty plea through his court-appointed attorney, Greg Berry of the Department of Public Advocacy. Circuit Judge Phil Patton set a pre-trial conference for May 3 at 10 a.m.

Stinnett led police in an alleged chase that 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 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.

Stinnett is charged with reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 21 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police), two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police for the car chase, second-degree fleeing or evading police for running on foot, 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 Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force charged Stinnett with manufacturing meth, 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 $20,000 bond.

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