TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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KSP arrests two Livingston County Residents for Assault on a Police Officer
Date of News Release: 12/27/2013
(Salem, KY) - On Thursday December 26, 2013 at approximately 4:00 P.M. Trooper Donald Crawford observed what appeared to be a domestic dispute in progress, inside a vehicle on West Main Street in Salem, KY. Trooper Crawford approached the vehicle and identified the occupants and learned of an active warrant on James T. Springs 51, of Salem, KY. The warrant was for failure to appear on traffic related offenses.
As Trooper Crawford attempted to place Springs under arrest, Springs swallowed a small baggie containing a white powdery substance believed to be bath salts. Springs then fled on foot from the car. As Trooper Crawford began to pursue Springs, the passenger, Lacinda Jo Taber 31, of Salem, Ky struck Trooper Crawford in an attempt to assist Springs who was running on foot. Trooper Crawford deployed his conducted electrical weapon (CEW) after getting one hand cuffed, Springs became combative again striking Trooper Crawford. After the second deployment of his CEW, Springs was handcuffed without any further incident.
Springs was transported to the Livingston County Hospital and transferred to Baptist Health in Paducah, KY, where he was admitted for observation due to the suspected bath salts he ingested. In addition to the warrant that was served on Springs, he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Class D felony), Tampering with Physical Evidence (Class D felony), Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree on foot (Class D felony), Resisting Arrest (Class A misdemeanor), and Assault 3rd Degree on a Police Officer (Class D felony).
Lacinda Taber was charged with Assault 3rd Degree on a Police Officer (Class D felony).
Taber was lodged at the McCracken County Regional Detention Center.