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March 20, 2014

Somerset man arrested in Laurel following foot pursuit

Somerset — A Somerset man was arrested in Laurel County Thursday after traffic stop that resulted in a short foot pursuit.

According to Kentucky State Police (KSP), Joshua Coots, 21, was charged with speeding, reckless driving, operating on a suspended license, changing drivers while the car is in motion, resisting arrest, violating parole, second-degree assault of a police officer, and first-degree fleeing or evading police.

At 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, KSP-Vehicle Enforcement Officer Travis Rogers pulled over a vehicle for apparent speeding and reckless driving after allegedly observing the driver and passenger switching positions while their vehicle was in motion on the Hal Rogers Parkway in London.

After speaking to the original driver, the officer learned that Coots was wanted for parole violations and also had a suspended driver’s license.

Upon attempting to arrest Coots, a brief struggle took place and the suspect evaded police on foot, according to KSP. Coots was located a short time later by the London Police Department and was arrested without further incident.

Second-degree assault is a Class C felony and is punishable by five to 10 years in prison.

The second driver, Genevieve Viscusi, 20, also of Somerset, was issued traffic citations and a date to appear in court for her part in incident.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the incident.

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