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March 27, 2014

Truck stop violence ends with indictment

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

A man who fought police at a southern Laurel business last November was indicted on multiple charges last week.

A Laurel grand jury returned an 11-count indictment against David Philpot, 35, of 932 West Ky. 3094, on Friday, charging him with third-degree assault, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree escape, public intoxication and theft of a vehicle, among other offenses.

Just after midnight on Nov. 6, Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Mikey Ashurst went to the Pilot Truck Stop after store employees became concerned over a man who had been inside the store for over two hours. When Ashurst pulled up around 12:27 a.m., he observed a man fleeing out a side door and around the building. The man, later identified as Philpot, then ran behind David’s Steakhouse. An employee of the restaurant helped Ashurst box Philpot in but Philpot refused to comply with commands, creating a scuffle as he was being placed in the police cruiser. He slipped out of a handcuff and tried to push Ashurst down, trying to flee again.  A short foot chase ensued, with Ashurst wrestling Philpot to the ground, with Philpot continuing to struggle. Ashurst fired his taser at Philpot, who was then taken into custody.

Philpot said he had smoked methamphetamine and had not slept for seven days. A glass smoking pipe was in his possession.

A check on Philpot revealed he was wanted in Fayette County on three warrants — including two charges of wanton endangerment against a police officer and the third being first-degree fleeing or evading police in a vehicle. He also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in Laurel County.

Other charges against Philpot include menacing, giving an officer a false name or address, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first-degree persistent felony offender. He has three prior felony convictions dating back to a Knox County conviction in 2003 and two in Laurel County for theft by unlawful taking and criminal possession of a forged instrument in 2009, with two five-year sentences running at the same time.

Jail records indicate Philpot remained in the Laurel County Detention Center until Jan. 23.

Another person was indicted for first-degree assault in an unrelated incident in May last year.

Michael L. Sturgill, 25, of 34 Boardwalk Circle of London, was indicted for allegedly causing another person to suffer a non-accidental head injury while under his care on May 5, 2013.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.

 

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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