LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A Christmas Eve argument involving the assault of a female and resulting in a police chase has evolved into a felony indictment for a Laurel man.
Dallas Wesley Baker, 30, of 467 Victory Road in East Bernstadt, was named in a six-count indictment stemming from a December 24 incident. Baker was charged with second-degree assault for reportedly hitting and choking a female subject and fourth-degree assault for hitting a male subject with his fists.
Additional charges for first-degree fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest stem from Baker allegedly running away from a London City Police officer and being under the influence of alcohol. The sixth charge is for being a second-degree persistent felony offender, due to Baker having a prior felony for possession of a controlled substance in Laurel County in 2004.
Baker is held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond.
Other persons named in indictments stemming from thefts and burglary include:
• Steven D. Simpson, 49, of 131 Pittsburg School Road, London - charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 for taking a nail gun, circular saw, and other tools that did not belong to him on October 16. He is also charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police for failing to comply with orders from a police officer to stop, and third-degree escape for escaping from the custody of that same officer.
• Boyd K. Simpson, 46, of Ky. 1376, 637 Field Tyler Road, and 70-year-old Billy Hurley of 1606 East Ky. 30, both in East Bernstadt, were indicted for taking and possessing a wood/metal building belonging to someone else on August 28. The building was valued over $500 but under $10,000. Both are charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 and receiving stolen property over $500. Hurley is additionally named in a third count — being a second-degree persistent felony offender. He has a prior felony for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance in Laurel County in 2008.