Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Liford received a complaint Jan. 30 of a vehicle being driven recklessly on Highway 11 in the Girdler area. Deputy Liford observed a a red 1989 Buick matching the description of the reckless vehicle come out of Gentry Jones hollow and go north on Highway 11. When Deputy Liford caught up with the suspect vehicle, it turned off Highway 11 onto Hammons Fork Rd. Deputy Liford activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the already speeding vehicle, which continued on at a high rate of speed for approximately two miles before Deputy Liford was able to get the vehicle stopped.
The driver, Fairlon Smith, 59, of Corbin, was arrested and charged with D. U. I., reckless driving, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, (police officer), two counts of wanton endangerment, (passengers), and other various traffic charges.
A passenger, Christina Eversole, 26, of Corbin, was arrested on two Whitley County bench warrants for failure to pay fines.
The third passenger in the vehicle was released without charges.
Smith and Eversole were both lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Deputy Liford was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Troopers Sam Faris and Frank Russell.