LOVELY, Ky. – What started out as a routine traffic stop for Deputy Paul Evans with the Martin County Sheriff’s Department turned in to a 45 minute high speed pursuit.
The pursuit ended up spanning through two states, three counties and reaching speeds in excess of 95 miles per hour.
Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Deputy Evans attempted to stop a 1998 Grey Dodge Dakota in the Lovely, Ky. area of Martin County for having an expired license plate.
The driver of the vehicle who was later identified as James Kenneth Gilman, 58, of Hatfield, Ky., who fled from the officer.
Gilman continued up Rt. 292 through Martin County at approximately 100 miles per hour, at which time Gilman ran at least two vehicles of the roadway. The pursuit then continued into Pike County through the community of South Williamson, Ky. onto U.S. 119 into West Virginia through Chattaroy, over Buffalo Mountain on U.S. 52, and into Delbarton.
At this point of the chase the officer from Martin County had been joined by officers from Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police and Delbarton City Police.
In Delbarton the suspect turned his vehicle around heading back onto U.S. 52 and back into Chattaroy, he then entered Corrido G and subsequently drove back onto Rt. 292 heading toward Martin County, but instead he took Rt. 468 toward Hatfield, Ky.
Deputy Evans chased Gilman approximately two miles down Rt. 468 and up a dirt road, at this point Gilman fled the vehicle and Deputy Evans pursued Gilman on foot approximately 100 yards.
Once in custody, Evans learned Gilman was wanted on three outstanding warrants in Pike County, those charges include theft by unlawful taking, failure to appear and fleeing and evading and stem from a 2015 arrest.
After speaking with the Pike County Commonwealth Attorney Gilman was taken into custody by Evans and transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Ky, where he is currently being held on a $10,000 full cash bond set by Judge Holbrook.
According to an administrative spokesman the the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Gilman, who has an alias of Floyd Lee Wellman was charged by Deputy Evans with speeding, no operators license, fleeing and evading in a motor vehicle, three counts of wanton endangerment on a police officer, two counts of wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading on foot, reckless driving, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
Officers were also assisted by the Pike County Sheriffs Department when Gilman was being taken into custody at Hatfield.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.