June 20, 2013

Traffic stop nets two wanted persons

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — After a Gray, Ky., man  driving a gray Pontiac car disregarded a stop sign, both he and his passenger spent some time in the Laurel County Detention Center when police discovered that both had outstanding warrants against them.

Frank Rains, 23, of North Collier Hill Road in Gray, was charged with driving on a DUI-suspended license, disregarding a stop sign, other traffic violations, and a bench warrant from Knox County for fourth-degree assault, terroristic threatening, alcohol intoxication and failure to appear in court to answer to those charges.

His passenger, 22-year-old Jennifer Lovett of Ott Road Moore Hill in Gray, was charged on a Laurel County bench warrant for public intoxication and failure to appear on that charge. Additionally, she was wanted in Knox County for falsely reporting an incident and failure to appear on that charge.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Saturday on West Cumberland Gap Parkway in southern Laurel County when Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Berry noticed the vehicle running a stop sign. He followed the vehicle, pulling it over and discovered that both Rains and Lovett had outstanding warrants in other counties.

Hours prior, Berry also stopped a silver Jeep Wrangler traveling along the Hal Rogers Parkway, five miles east of London, around 6 p.m. Friday. The vehicle was exceeding the posted speed limit and when Berry ran a check of the driver — 38-year-old Christopher Smith of Williamson, W. Va. — he learned Smith had three outstanding warrants from Pike County for several traffic violations, theft charges, and contempt of court charges.

Berry charged Smith with speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, no insurance and other traffic violations. Smith was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest.