February 10, 2014

Midnight ride ends in arrests

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


A midnight motorcycle ride along East Cumberland Gap Parkway, two miles south of London, early Thursday morning resulted in drug charges against two men.

When Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Boroviak observed a purple Yamaha motorcycle run a stop sign at South Stewart Road at 12:50 a.m., he initiated a traffic stop. The operator of the motorcycle, 48-year-old Herschell Hall of Poplar Grove Church Road in Gray, appeared to be under the influence. He was also found to possess suspected marijuana and items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. A criminal check revealed Hall had prior felony offenses and had an outstanding Pulaski County warrant for failing to appear in court on a scheduled date.

Hall was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, disregarding a stop sign, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, and being a persistent felony offender as well as other traffic violations.

The passenger on Hall’s motorcycle — 28-year-old Travis Hall of Upper Indian Camp Road in London — was charged with public intoxication of controlled substances and unlawful possession of a meth precursor.

Both men were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following their arrests and are set for an arraignment hearing in Laurel District Court on February 7 (today).