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Drug Arrest in Earlington, KY

Date of News Release: 11/09/2006

Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) - On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Tpr. Derek Smith and Tpr. Brandon McPherson were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint at the intersection of KY 2171 and KY 336. While conducting this checkpoint, a blue, Dodge van was traveling southbound on KY 2171 and failed to yield to the troopers' signal.

The van turned left onto KY 336 and the suspects threw a gas can containing anhydrous ammonia out of the van. The van then accelerated at a high rate of speed. The troopers pursued the van. The van continued traveling on KY 336 and came to the intersection of Wilson Avenue and South Highland Avenue. The van made a right turn onto South Highland Avenue where it failed to negotiate a curve and struck a ditch.

The driver, David L. Bean age 32 of St. Charles, KY, and his passenger, Gordon E. Williams age 25 of Nortonville, KY, exited the van and were arrested without further incident. A search of the van revealed components of a meth lab. Several items of drug paraphernalia, pseudoephedrine pills and methamphetamine was located.

David L. Bean was charged with the following:

  1. Operating on an Expired Operator's License
  2. Wanton Endangerment First Degree (Police Officer)
  3. Fleeing/Evading Police First Degree (Motor Vehicle)
  4. Manufacturing Meth First Offense
  5. Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor First Offense
  6. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia First Offense
  7. Tampering with Physical Evidence
  8. Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree Second or Greater Offense (Meth)
  9. Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
  10. Knowingly Possess Anhydrous Ammonia other than Approved Container with the Intent to Manufacture Meth First Offense

Gordon E. Williams was charged with Public Intoxication.

Both subjects were lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

TO ANONYMOUSLY REPORT ANY TYPE OF SUSPECTED ILLEGAL DRUG ACTIVITY, CITIZENS CAN CALL THE KSP TOLL-FREE DRUG TIP HOTLINE, 1-800-DOPETIP. THE HOTLINE IS ANSWERED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

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