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Meth/Escape investigation in Ledbetter, Ky

Date of News Release: 03/18/2011

(Ledbetter, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police went to 183 McGuire Road to execute arrest warrants. Upon arrival, officers found an active methamphetamine lab and arrested five individuals, one of which was Don BrelsfordDon Brelsford, who had outstanding warrants from McCracken County and Graves County. While being transported, Mr. Brelsford advised the officer that he was becoming ill. The officer started to pull over on Clarks River Road at James Marine and he rolled the rear window down for Mr. Brelsford to use in case he became ill. Sometime during transport, Mr. Brelsford was able to bring his cuffed hands from his back to the front of his body, and opened the rear door from the outside vehicle handle. Once outside the vehicle, Mr. Brelsford ran towards the flood water towards the Clarks River and jumped in. Additional agencies responded to the scene assisting in the search, however, Brelsford was not located.

Don Brelsford is a white male, 5'9" tall, 140 pounds. He has several tattoos on his neck, and a spider web tattoo on his arm.

Christopher Battoe was arrested on a McCracken County warrant and two Kentucky State Police warrants, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kentucky State Police also arrested Victoria Turner for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Hindering Prosecution, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fleeing and Evading Police 2nd Degree on Foot; Chelsea Cathey was arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Hindering Prosecution, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Michael Creech was arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Hindering Prosecution, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kentucky State Police was assisted in the search of Mr. Brelsford by the McCracken County Sheriff's Office and the Paducah Police Department.

Anyone with knowledge of Don Brelsford's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721.

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