On Friday a Christian County grand jury indicted a man and woman on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and fleeing from sheriff’s officials.

The defendants, Marla Holt, 34, of Johnson Mill Road, and Kevin Terpening, 37, an inmate at Christian County Jail, both have thick court files of previous criminal charges. Last month a grand jury indicted Terpening on a charge of persistent felony offender.

In September, Deputy Phillip Meacham of the Christian County Sheriff’s Department saw a man and woman trying to push a 4-wheeler off the shoulder of Kentucky 189. Meacham said both suspects got into another vehicle and fled. He chased them for 25 or 30 miles and arrested the woman, Marla Holt, in a field in Todd County. The male suspect escaped on foot.

When deputies returned to the 4-wheeler, they found 31 grams of powder methamphetamine and a large collection of materials commonly used for manufacturing meth, according to an arrest report.

They said Holt gave them the male suspect’s name, though they did not release it at the time.

Two days later sheriff’s deputies arrested Terpening for allegedly breaking into someone’s home. Meacham submitted the meth-related charges directly to the grand jury.

On Friday it indicted Terpening on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine (subsequent offense), first-degree trafficking in meth (subsequent offense), first-degree fleeing or evading police, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

The wanton endangerment charges stem from Terpening’s dangerous driving, Meacham said.

The grand jury indicted Holt on manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking in meth, first-degree fleeing or evading police, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, failure to notify address change to department of transportation, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and failure to wear seat belts.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments Friday:

Darrick G. Dixon, 39, of Jan Drive, first-degree assault. Christian County Jail officials allege that in September Dixon struck another inmate, Harvey Orme, on the back of the head. Orme required treatment at an emergency room, according court documents. Dixon has a long history of prior charges, and in August he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for another first-degree assault conviction.

Daniel D. Dowlen, 31, of Pembroke, two counts of third-degree assault, fleeing or evading police, second-degree possession of Lortab, controlled substance prescription not in original container, second-degree disorderly conduct, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, no operator’s license, failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance and disregarding a traffic control device.

Deanna M. Dukes, 25, of Crofton, knowingly receiving stolen property over $500 and theft by deception under $500.

Gregory Lampton, 24, of Oak Grove, second-degree criminal abuse.

Kassie Lampton, 23, of Oak Grove, first-degree criminal abuse.

Kelly S. Simmons, 24, of Mosley Drive, first-degree bail jumping.

Antonio M. Wharton, 29, of Cadiz, first-degree trafficking in cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, failure to surrender revoked operator’s license, careless driving and speeding.

Nick Tabor can be reached at 270-887-3231 or ntabor@kentuckynewera.com.

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