Science Hill man facing multiple felony charges after running from law enforcement

John M. Pettyjohn

A Science Hill man is facing multiple drug charges after fleeing from authorities on routine patrol Friday night.

John Mike Pettyjohn, 40, was arrested at approximately 7:08 p.m. and charged with Trafficking in a Legend Drug (1st Offense), first-degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), third-degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, second-degree Fleeing or Evading Police (On Foot), third-degree Criminal Trespassing, Obscuring the Identity of a Machine under $500, Reckless Driving, and Operating on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License.

The charges stem from a routine patrol Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff Marcus Harrison was conducting Friday night with Eubank Police Chief Tony Duncan. According the arrest citation, the officers were passed by a red 1993 Mazda two-door car but when they checked on the vehicle's license plate number, it came back to a white 1993 Ford pickup.

The officers then attempted to pull the Mazda over for the cross-tagging, but the car allegedly sped up to around 85 miles per hour. As the pursuit continued onto West Ky. 70, the vehicle turned into a nearby residence and the driver proceeded to flee on foot. He allegedly "ignored loud verbal commands to stop and went behind the residence and tossed a bag of pills," according to the citation. The suspect then gave up and was placed under arrest.

Dep. Harrison, according to the citation, then retrieved the bag of pills -- which contained 78 Methocarbamols -- and returned to the Mazda. A search of its interior uncovered a glass pipe with alleged methamphetamine residue, a small baggie containing a white crystal-like substance suspected to be meth, a small baggie with seven unidentified blue pills, and a small baggie containing two Clonazepam pills.

In addition to seizing the pills and paraphernalia, the deputy took $114 as evidence from Pettyjohn's wallet "as this is consistent with trafficking in controlled substances," the citation stated.

Pettyjohn allegedly told the officers that he ran because he knew that he had an active indictment out for his arrest. A Pulaski County grand jury returned that indictment last December, charging Pettyjohn with first-degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (2 or more grams of methamphetamine) and as a first-degree Persistent Felony Offender.

On Monday, Pettyjohn pleaded not guilty to the new charges from Friday night. He is next scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Pulaski District Court on Wednesday afternoon. He is set to be arraigned on December's drug-trafficking indicted before Pulaski Circuit Judge David Tapp on June 27.

At press time, Pettyjohn remained lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.