Police chase Wednesday morning


Photo courtesy of Lisa Howard A road block by several police agencies assisted in stopping a high-speed chase.

An Arjay man was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center after leading authorities on a high-speed chase from Pinveille to Middlesboro early Wednesday morning.

As a result of the chase, Robert Bidlingmyer, 52, is charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving, third-degree assault by an inmate on a corrections employee, failure of owner to maintain insurance and failure to wear seat belt.

At 7:51 a.m., Bell County Dispatch received a call that there was a possible drunk driver at Community Trust Bank.

According to Bell County Det. Kevin Goodin, upon arrival at the bank he observed Bidlingmyer pulled in the wrong way at the drive-thru of the bank. Goodin signaled for Bidlingmyer to make contact. Bidlingmyer pulled toward the ATM unit, running over the curb. At this point Goodin obtained Bidlingmyer’s driver’s license but prior to Goodin checking the status of the license, Bidlingmyer stated he had to go, and drove off at a high rate of speed heading northbound on U.S. 25E.

Police said during the pursuit, Bidlingmyer crossed over the highway into the southbound lane traveling towards Middlesboro. Bidlingmyer was slowed by traffic around Log Mountain. Traffic came to a halt, and Goodin jumped out of his cruiser to try and grab Bidlingmyer’s keys. Bidlingmyer saw what was happening and sped around a Walmart truck that caused the halt in traffic, hit the truck in the process, and continued towards the detective.

At 8:04, Goodin requested assistance in the pursuit from Middlesboro and KSP officers via Bell Dispatch. Once in Middlesboro, the chase ended with Bidlingmyer coming to a stop at a roadblock set up by MPD and KSP. Bidlingmyer was taken into custody by Goodin.

In other police news:

* Shortly after noon, Roy Sanders, 38, of Stoney Fork, allegedly escaped from officers. Bell County Sheriff’s Department Officer Jared Smith apprehended Sanders a short time later and charged him with second-degree escape and second-degree fleeing or evading police.

* Jerry Gambrel, 48, of Pineville, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a legend drug and public intoxication. The arresting officer was Bell County Sheriff’s Department’s Danny Halcomb.

Halcomb also arrested Joel Wilson, 56, of Middlesboro, and charged him with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091.

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