UPDATE (4:20 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27): An updated version of this story with more information can be found here.

Two people are in custody after a pursuit Wednesday night in Johnson County, Kentucky.

An attempted traffic stop on a vehicle that was reported stolen led multiple Johnson County Sheriff’s Office units on a pursuit into Martin County. The driver ended up crashing the vehicle into another vehicle belonging to a Martin County Constable.

John Strong was charged with speeding, receiving stolen property, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment of a police officer, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, operating on a suspended or revoked license, resisting arrest, failure to appear, contempt of court and resistance to order.

Rikki Spradlin was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a controlled substance.

Both are being lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.


JOHNSON COUNTY, KY (WOWK) – A pursuit ended in a crash and the suspect is in custody in Kentucky.

According to a social media post made by Inez Fire Rescue, a police pursuit that originated in Johnson County, ended in a crash along KY645, near the fairgrounds.

The crash shut down traffic in both directions as crews cleared the scene.

It’s unclear what led to the pursuit.

The name of the suspect hasn’t been released yet. No injuries are being reported.