TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Three Arrested on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County
(Mt. Vernon, KY) - On Thursday, January 15, 2004 at approximately 10:18 a.m. Kentucky State Police Trooper Lafe Owens was attempting to stop a Green Toyota Camry which was entered into LINK / NCIC as stolen when the driver attempted to evade the stop by fleeing from Kentucky State Police.
Rockcastle County Sheriff Department Deputies Ronnie Bradley and Joe Rush assisted Trooper Owens in stopping the vehicle on I-75 approximately 2 miles north of Mt. Vernon in Rockcastle County.
As the officers approached the vehicle they observed a strong smell of ammonia coming from the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of seven (7) tanks containing anhydrous ammonia. It was determined that one of the tanks was leaking ammonia, at which time I-75 was closed in the immediate area preventing vehicles from traveling through the area.
Interstate-75 was closed for approximately three (3) hours while officers from several agencies destroyed the chemical and decontaminated the area.
Three subjects were arrested at the scene and lodged in the Rockcastle County Jail in Mt. Vernon.
Darrell N. Eversole age 40 of London, Kentucky was charged with Fleeing and Evading 1st, Possession of Anhydrous with the Intent to Manufacture, Seven (7) counts of Possession of Anhydrous in an Improper Container and Receiving StolenProperty.
Steven D. Eversole age 23 of London, Kentucky was charged with Possession of Anhydrous with the Intent to Manufacture, Seven (7) counts of Possession of Anhydrous in an Improper Container and Receiving Stolen Property.
Robert Harris Jr., age 19 of London, Kentucky was charged with Possession of Anhydrous with the Intent to Manufacture, Seven (7) counts of Possession of Anhydrous in an Improper Container and Receiving Stolen Property.
Investigation determined that the Toyota Camry had been reported stolen from Amarillo, Texas on January 2, 2004.
Kentucky State Police Troopers Lafe Owens and Coby Smith are conducting the investigation. Assisting at the scene were Officers from the Kentucky State Police Post 11 London, Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement East, Kentucky State Police Hazardous Materials, Rockcastle County Sheriff Department, Region 11 Haz Mat Task Force, Mt. Vernon City Police Department, Mt. Vernon Fire Department, Rockcastle County EMS, Kentucky Board EMS, Cumberland Valley Area Health Department, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Kentucky Department of EPA, and Rockcastle County Emergency Management.