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Hodgenville man faces slew of charges

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By Jeff D'Alessio

What started as a report about a man running in the road Tuesday on U.S. 62 led to multiple charges for a Hodgenville resident who now faces prison time if convicted for a day of illegal activity.

Barry Martin, 22, was seen running down the roadway by an individual who said Martin was chasing him. When Kentucky State Police troopers arrived before 5 p.m., they were unable to locate Martin.

According to an arrest citation, the caller said the person chasing him on U.S. 62 was “foaming at the mouth.”

Shortly after officers arrived, a call came to KSP dispatch that a tractor just was stolen on Morrison Lane and the description of the person who took it matched that of Martin — a white male wearing blue jeans and a gray sweatshirt.

The tractor is valued at $30,000, according to the citation.

Troopers then saw the suspect on the tractor traveling through a field between Ky. 1375 and Ky. 222. According to a KSP news release, Martin jumped off the tractor and attempted to hide in a grain bin before he was arrested.

Police also said Martin stole a vehicle earlier Tuesday in Flaherty. The vehicle was recovered in the area of Martin’s arrest.

Martin also was wanted on warrants out of LaRue, Barren and Warren counties on a number of charges from last month, including manufacturing methamphetamine, being a persistent felony offender and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is charged from Tuesday’s activities with reckless driving, driving under the influence,  third-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking of farm equipment valued at more than $10,000 but less than $1 million, third-degree criminal mischief, first-degree fleeing or evading police by vehicle, second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property valued at more than $500, and identity theft.

If found guilty, Martin could spend 10 years in prison on the charges filed Tuesday.

Martin is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m.  Jan. 31 in Hardin District Court.

KSP was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. Trooper Brad Riley is handling the investigation.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.