|The Lewis County Sheriff's Department was involved in two
high speed chases last week, both ending when the suspects in each case were subdued by
deputies utilizing Tasers.
In the first incident, according to a sheriff's department
spokesman, the department was notified at 12:40 a.m. Monday that the Scioto County
Sheriff's Department was in pursuit of a suspect traveling west on Ky. Rt. 8 in the
direction of Lewis County.
The spokesman said the chase went through the St. Paul and Firebrick areas, up Scaffold
Lick Road, onto Ky. Rt. 784 and across the AA Highway.
Deputy Dwayne Stone joined the chase as the vehicles crossed the AA Highway and
continued on Rt. 784. The suspect allegedly rammed his red Ford Ranger into Stone's
cruiser twice in apparent attempts to run the cruiser off the road.
The suspect eventually lost control of his vehicle near the Lewis/Greenup County line
while attempting a left turn, the vehicle left the road and struck a small tree.
The suspect exited the vehicle and fled into nearby woods. Following short foot pursuit
by Stone, the suspect was apprehended when Stone utilized the Taser.
Paul L. Watkins, 34, of South Shore, was charged with first degree fleeing and evading,
two counts of wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, criminal mischief,
operating on a suspended license, driving with improper plates, no proof of insurance,
possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and possession
of a controlled substance.
|Bail was set at $5,000 cash on the Lewis County charges
and $1,600 cash on charges from Greenup County. Other charges were pending in Ohio.
second incident began shortly before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday with what appeared to be a
The spokesman said they were notified that someone was attempting to break into a
mobile home just east of Vanceburg off Ky. Rt. 8. He said that a woman was reportedly
being abused by a man and was attempting to flee from the abuser by going into the mobile
home followed by the abuser.
The mobile home's resident called police and then told the intruders that police were
on the way.
The man reportedly fled the scene in the woman's vehicle, and the auto was seen leaving
by deputies arriving on the scene, and they began pursuit.
The spokesman said the chase proceeded first on Ky. Rt. 8 into Vanceburg, down Second
Street, on Main Street, through the intersection onto Lexington Avenue and then onto
Flinders Drive. At times, the vehicle reportedly reached speeds of up to 75 miles per
hour, the spokesman said.
The fleeing vehicle reportedly struck another vehicle on Flinders Drive and the suspect
began to flee on foot. The spokesman said Deputy Johnny Bivens utilized the Taser to
subdue the suspect, Jesse Lykins Jr., 29, of Vanceburg. Lykins was charged with first
degree fleeing and evading, first degree wanton endangerment, second degree burglary,
fourth degree assault, resisting arrest, disregarding a traffic signal, first offense
driving under the influence, menacing and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.