A local man is facing theft and evading charges after trying to outrun the law in the pickup truck he allegedly stole.
27 year old Jeremy D. Loader of Bethel Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000 and felony evading arrest. Loader is under a $10,000 bond and he will be in court on February 17th. He was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia after a hypodermic needle containing a yellow residue and a cut straw were found on him during his arrest. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that "we received information that Loader had stolen a vehicle from North College Street in Smithville. I gave that information to the deputies and one of them met Loader driving a 1994 Ford Ranger on Underhill Road. When the officer turned around and activated his emergency equipment, Loader accelerated. The pursuit continued about four miles from DeKalb County into Warren County. Before terminating the pursuit, the officer obtained the tag number on Loader's vehicle and returned to the jail and took warrants against Loader who was later arrested January 31st on Bright Hill Street."
42 year old Ricky Lynn Murphy of Sparta Highway, Smithville is charged with disorderly conduct. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on February 24th. Sheriff Ray said that on January 31st, Murphy came to DeKalb County High School after his son had been arrested. He was talking very vulgar in front of children and he allegedly told the arresting officer that he (officer) was not taking his kid anywhere. The school resource officer signed a warrant against Murphy for disorderly conduct because of his actions at the school.
52 year old Billy Ray Huddleston of Adcock Cemetery Road was issued a citation recently for violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance) and he will appear in court on February 16th. Sheriff Ray said that a deputy responded to a wreck in which Huddleston had struck another vehicle while crossing Highway 70 on Adcock Cemetery Road. Huddleston, at the time of the accident, could not provide valid insurance.
51 year old Richard Dean Lagle, II of Westmoreland was issued a citation for not having a drivers license, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), and failure to maintain his lane of travel. He will appear in court on March 2nd. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, February 5th, Lagle was traveling west on Highway 70 near Allen's Ferry Road when he failed to maintain his lane of travel. After being stopped by an officer, Lagle could not produce a drivers license nor show proof of financial responsibility.
21 year old Cody Murphy of Sparta Highway, Smithville was issued a citation for operating an all terrain vehicle on the highway. He will be in court on February 16th. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, February 5th, an officer saw Murphy operating an ATV on Midway Road, in violation of the law.