A vehicle passenger, Kali Vertigan, 28, Hopkinsville, was arrested Tuesday after a Kentucky State Police pursuit of another suspect in Hopkins County.

At approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, trooper Rob Austin was approached by a citizen in reference to a suspicious vehicle at a New Lakeside General Baptist Church in Morton’s Gap.

While patrolling the area Austin observed a black Jeep Patriot matching the description of the suspicious vehicle. Austin initiated his emergency equipment to stop the vehicle, and the Jeep accelerated to flee.

During the 17-mile pursuit, KSP, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department and the Madisonville Police Department were able to deploy tire-deflation devices. The vehicle struck the device, causing the vehicle to become disabled on U.S. 41, south of Nortonville.

The operator, Robert Keown, 45, Madisonville, exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot, but KSP was able to apprehend him after a short pursuit.

Troopers discovered Keown to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, suspected cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a handgun, according to the report.

Vertigan was a passenger, along with Gevin Lemons, 26, Nortonville. Vertigan had a bench warrant issued for her arrest, and Gevin was charged with alcohol intoxication. Both were lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

Keown was also lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center where he was charged with fleeing or evading police (first degree, motor vehicle), fleeing or evading police (second degree, on foot), DUI (first offense); operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license, possession of handgun by convicted felon; possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, methamphetamine); possession of controlled substance (first degree, first offense, cocaine), wanton endangerment (first degree) police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Pembroke man charged with stealing child’s Tootsie Roll bank money

A Pembroke man was arrested at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday on the 600 block of Cypress Street on the strength of a warrant for allegedly stealing contents from vehicles, including money from a Tootsie Roll bank belonging to a child.

According to the Hopkinsville Police Department, a neighbor reportedly witnessed Billy L. Sanders, 48, going through cars June 3 that were parked at his neighbor’s house in Christian County and filmed the incident.

A victim reportedly told police a Tootsie Roll bank belonging to a child was missing from his car. A K-9 officer found the lid to the bank on the grass near the last place the witness saw Sanders. The bank reportedly contained approximately $5 in change.

Sanders was charged with theft by unlawful taking of contents from a vehicle under $500.

Additionally, Sanders was served a criminal summons and charged with criminal trespassing third degree.

According to HPD, at about 11:23 p.m. May 20, the victim’s son observed on a security camera video that an individual had approached the area of the victim’s garage on foot without permission. After review of the video, police determined the suspect was Sanders.

In other crime news:

*A Hopkinsville man was arrested Tuesday on charges of allegedly stealing a vehicle.

According to the Hopkinsville Police Department, Christopher W. Powell, 28, was arrested around 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on charges of theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more by less than $1 million.

According to the police report, Powell allegedly unlawfully removed the victim’s vehicle from her residence around 9:12 p.m. Tuesday after retrieving the keys from her bedroom. The vehicle was eventually recovered and returned to the owner, according to the report.

The following information was obtained through police, police reports or the Christian County Jail. Readers are reminded that a charge is only an accusation and everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law

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