September 9, 2013

Domestic complaint leads to drunken arrest; Investigation continues into domestic violence

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


A domestic violence complaint resulted in the arrests of two persons, but police were unsure whether those two were the subjects of the call.

The details of the call to police indicated that a disturbance was taking place on Helvetia Road, four miles north of London, around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The caller said a gun and a possible assault could be taking place.

But when Deputy Larry Parrott and Deputy Robbie Grimes went to the scene on Fisherman’s Cove Road, they found a female lying in the grass. The woman, identified as 51-year-old Sharon G. Harris of Helvetia Road in London, had reportedly been drinking beer and taking pills. When deputies placed her under arrest, Harris became belligerent-- yelling and threatening the deputies and struggling with them as they placed her into the cruiser. Her anger didn’t let up, as she reportedly cursed and yelled at deputies until she was taken into the jail.

Harris was charged with public intoxication of controlled substances, second-degree disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

But that wasn’t the end of the cursing saga for the deputies. While at the scene where Harris was arrested, they encountered a male subject, who got into the act of cursing and threatening the deputies.

Michael Whitehead, 26, of Earl Howard Road in Corbin, was charged with public intoxication of controlled substances, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Whitehead also had an active Laurel County bench warrant against him and was served with that. He also struggled with deputies during his arrest.

The investigation into the alleged assault stemming from the original complaint call is continuing by the Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges may be filed from the investigation.

Assisting at the scene were Kentucky State Police and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.