By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Less than three weeks ago, a Laurel man led police on a high-speed chase that ended with his indictment on Friday for 11 charges.
Emanuel Hoskins, 39, of 1176 Cassidy Road in Keavy, now faces two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of fleeing police in a motor vehicle, one count of fleeing police on foot, attacking a service animal, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of intoxicants, speeding, disregarding a stop sign and first-degree persistent felony offender.
The incident leading to the multiple-count indictment occurred on Sept. 30 when Hoskins allegedly drove a vehicle while under the influence and caused danger to two individuals. He also refused to stop for Kentucky State Police Officer Steve Walker and Trooper Jason McCowan in an attempt to escape from them. This was also Hoskins’ third offense for driving under the influence.
The chase involved Hoskins driving 70 mph in a 55-mph zone, running a stop sign, and then fleeing police to avoid being arrested. He is also charged with resisting arrest for trying to stop Trooper McCowan from placing him under arrest.
Hoskins also reportedly struck a service animal during the struggle.
Hoskins has a long legal history that includes an eight-year sentence in 1996 for manslaughter and driving while under the influence of intoxicants. He also has a conviction for first-degree promoting contraband and driving under the influence in 2004 and fleeing police in a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property over $300, and second offense of driving under the influence in 2003. His latest felony conviction came in 2008 for fourth offense of driving under the influence and driving on a DUI-suspended license.
On Sept. 30 of last year, Hoskins was arrested for domestic violence and fought with Laurel Sheriff’s deputies who arrived at the scene. Hoskins reportedly damaged the uniforms and equipment of two officers, adding more charges to those of criminal mischief, third-degree assault, and resisting arrest. By the time Hoskins was taken into custody, he was facing those three charges as well as felony fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, third-degree assault against a police officer, possession of marijuana, menacing and third-degree criminal mischief.
Other indictments included:
• Ronnie W. Hoskins, 54, of 538 Moriah Church Road, and 29-year-old James R. Simpson of 1189 Hawk Creek Road, both in London, were indicted for second-degree burglary on Aug. 20 in which they allegedly entered the home of another person. Both Hoskins and Simpson list prior felony convictions.
• Johnny R. Baker, 61, of 203 Baker Tabor Road in London, is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, resisting arrest and persistent felony offender. The incident took place on Aug. 18 in which he failed to stop for police officers and tried to run one officer off the road. He also struck a police cruiser during the chase.
• Kayla R. Hall, 20, of 326 Cross Country Road in London, faces a six-count indictment that includes three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of second-degree assault, and one count of driving under the influence on July 23. The wanton endangerment charges stem from driving on the public highways while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and endangering the welfare of two individuals. She is also charged with assault after she wrecked her vehicle and caused injury to two people.
An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.