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Vehicle Pursuit and Methamphetamine Arrest in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 08/25/10

(London, Ky.) -- On Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at approximately 05:45 AM, KSP Sergeant Steve Walker and Laurel County Sheriff Deputies Daryl Zanet and Rob Mitchell were on routine patrol on KY 1956 5 miles west of London.

Sgt. Walker and Deputy Mitchell observed a 1990 Nissan pickup approaching, in their lane of travel, which forced them to take evasive actions to avoid a collision. When the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, for the violation, the operator failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit began. The vehicle traveled for approximately 1 mile where the operator lost control and traveled over an embankment.

The operator identified as Edward Hicks, 36, of London, and a passenger, identified as Jessica Sizemore, 23, of London, were taken into custody.

Further investigation into why the operator was attempting to flee the officers resulted in the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab in the vehicle along with packaged methamphetamine.

Hicks was charged with DUI, Fleeing-Evading Police 1st degree (vehicle), Fleeing-Evading Police 2nd Degree (on foot), Resisting Arrest, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana and other traffic offenses.

Sizemore was charged with Public Intoxication, Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

The investigation continues by Kentucky State Police and Laurel County Sheriff Department with the Laurel County Department for Public Safety assisting at the scene.

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