A pursuit through a wooded area off of Shirt Factory Road in Stearns eventually led to the recovery of catalytic converters allegedly stolen from RTEC buses parked in the nearby OVC parking lot.
By Eugenia Jones
McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters reports McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Jones was on Shirt Factory Road after midnight on February 6, 2022 when he observed a male, 55 year old Eddie Hank Kidd, carrying a backpack and walking toward Carl Lane. When Officer Jones started to make contact with the pedestrian, the individual ran into the woods, refusing to comply with Officer Jones’ command to stop running. Officer Jones pursued; however, Kidd continued to flee. Officer Jones was finally able to apprehend and handcuff the individual.
Subsequently, Officer Jones located a sawzall and the individual’s backpack near where the pursuit began. The backpack contained two catalytic converters with a third catalytic converter resting close by. A blade corresponding to the sawzall was located in Kidd’s pocket. According to citation, Kidd stated he had taken converters off two of the RTEC buses in the OVC parking lot.
Kidd was charged with: Fleeing or Evading Police (2nd Degree-On Foot), Resisting Arrest, Menacing, Theft by Unlawful Taking or DISP Auto $1,000 < $10,000. Kidd was transported and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
District 3 Constable Cody Stephens and Kentucky State Trooper Harrison Wells also responded to the scene.
McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Jones is pictured with recovered catalytic converters.