Reina P. Cunningham
A Claiborne County man is behind bars after leading officers on a chase Thursday night.
Jordan Lee Shoffner, 24, of New Tazewell, Tenn., was arrested on several felony charges including first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
According to the arrest citation, Middlesboro Police Officer Barry Cowan began the pursuit after he witnessed a vehicle abruptly stop, back up and then speed away, while failing to signal, from where he was attempting to set up a check point at 19th Street and KY 441.
The citation says after Cowan activated his sirens and pursued Shoffner at a very high rate of speed, the vehicle stopped and Shoffner ran east on KY 74 before Cowan caught him.
According to the arrest citation, there were two crying infants in the back seat of the car and Shoffner ran because he knew he was wanted on a warrant.
Shoffner was also charged with two counts of failure to wear seatbelts, resisting arrest, two counts of disregarding a stop sign and was served a bench warrant.
As of Monday afternoon, Shoffner was still in custody at the Bell County Detention Center.
In other police news, two women were arrested in the Walmart parking lot on Sunday night.
Rebecca Leighann Metcalf , 28, of Middlesboro, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the arrest citation, Metcalf had a pill bottle, not in her name, that contained 39 pills of two different types, believed to be oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Tabitha D. Barger, 24, of Harrogate, Tenn., was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the arrest citation, Barger had in her possession a needle containing a liquid and a can containing a blue powdery substance, both of which were believed to be roxycodone, a schedule II narcotic.
The citation says the drug paraphernalia charge stems from the needle, the pop can and cigarette fillers that were all believed to be used for the use of narcotics.
Both women have been released from the Bell County Detention Center.
Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-248-1010, ext. 205, email@example.com.