E'town man faces 18 charges

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Robert May, 23, left crash scene, police say

By Sarah Bennett

Robert May, 23, is charged with theft of an automobile, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, third-degree possession of a controlled substance — drug unspecified, third-degree terroristic threatening, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence — aggravated, operating on a suspended license, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of marijuana, prescription not in proper container, resisting arrest, reckless driving, failure to wear a seat belt, no insurance and disregarding a stop sign.

According to a citation, Kentucky State Police Post 4 dispatch received a call at 7:55 p.m. Sunday regarding a single-vehicle collision on Leitchfield Road. Police said witnesses reported the driver appeared intoxicated.

Prior to troopers arriving at the scene, witnesses reported the driver left and turned right onto Eastview Road, according to the citation.
Responding troopers saw a red, two-door Saturn and turned on their lights and sirens, according to KSP. Police said the driver did not stop and was swerving in the roadway.

One trooper attempted to block the road with his cruiser and the suspect nearly struck it with his vehicle, according to the citation.

After the Saturn ran a stop sign and turned left onto Ky. 84, a second trooper initiated a block and the suspect pulled into a ditch, police said.

Troopers removed May from the Saturn and found the vehicle’s registration matched information witnesses provided at the scene, police said.

Police found an open Bud Light Lime and a bag with suspected crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle as well as a container of multiple pills in May’s pocket, according to KSP. Later, police also found a cigarette box containing suspected marijuana and crystal meth, according to the citation.

Although May told troopers the Saturn belongs to him, police said the title is not in his name and the steering column is damaged. According to the citation, troopers believe the vehicle is stolen.

May remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.