ISOM — A man from the City of Whitesburg injured a Kentucky State Police (KSP) trooper when he fled from KSP during a traffic stop late Friday evening. KSP is asking the public’s help for any information on the subject’s whereabouts.
According to KSP, Troopers Scott Caudill and Michael Burton stopped James Freeman, 43, of Whitesburg because of a suspected vehicle registration violation. Freeman was driving a black Jeep Cherokee on Hwy. 7 in Isom before he was stopped.
After Troopers Caudill and Burton held a brief conversation with Freeman, he sped away. When he fled both troopers, KSP said Freeman struck Tpr. Caudill with his vehicle.
Tpr. Caudill and Tpr. Burton pursued Freeman on Hwy. 7 South, until Freeman turned on KY 3408. Freeman then continued onto Elk Creek Road.
Freeman then stopped his Jeep Cherokee shortly after arriving on Elk Creek Road; he then fled into the surrounding wooded area, KSP said. Caudill and Burton could not locate Freeman after he fled into the woods.
After the pursuit, Tpr. Caudill was taken to the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for treatment of a possible foot injury. He was eventually discharged.
The investigation of this incident is being conducted by Tpr. Caudill. The investigation is currently ongoing.
KSP is asking if anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Freeman, KSP urges them to call KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.