Trooper Brad Arterburn
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 5, Campbellsburg
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Stolen vehicle investigation & arrests
Date of News Release: 11/08/2011
(Sulphur, Ky.) -- While conducting a stolen vehicle investigation in Henry County, Troopers located the suspects which developed into an unusual vehicle pursuit.
The suspects, Cleveland Riley (31 years old of Bedford) and Elizabeth Linton (26 years old of Bedford), were spotted by Troopers on Wooded Ridge Road after they had apparently just stolen a mini-van from a nearby home at 570 Wooded Ridge. Two Troopers blocked the path of the mini-van to prevent the couple from exiting the one-way Wooded Ridge while they signaled the vehicle to stop. As the vehicle driven by Riley approached, he narrowly missed the Troopers as he increased speed and went around a cruiser. Troopers pursued the vehicle for a short distance before the couple surrendered. As Riley and Linton were taken into custody, Troopers discovered the couple's infant child inside the vehicle.
The mini-van was actually the third vehicle that the couple had reportedly stolen since last night (11/7) sometime. The first vehicle stolen during the night, a Ford Mustang taken from 3016 Sulphur-Bedford Pike, was being recovered by Troopers as the couple was spotted. The couple also reportedly stole a BMW sedan from 9591 Sulphur Road during the night before allegedly stealing the mini-van.
Linton was charged with Endangering the Welfare of Minor and Theft by Unlawful Taking of an Automobile. Riley was charged with the following: Theft by Unlawful Taking of an Automobile - 3 counts, Fleeing or Evading Police - 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Criminal Mischief - 1st Degree, Terroristic Threatening - 3rd Degree, Failure to Notify D.O.T. of Address Change, Assault - 3rd Degree (Police Officer), Wanton Endangerment - 1st Degree, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Failure to Signal, Reckless Driving, and Speeding 15 MPH Over Limit.
Consequently, their infant child has been placed in protective custody by Social Services.
The investigation is being conducted by Trooper Brad Arterburn.