Wanted subject captured while trying to evade police at crash scene in Kentucky

CAPTURED: Wanted Suspect from Manchester, Kentucky taken into Custody at Scene of Traffic Crash in Laurel County

LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Houston arrested a wanted suspect from Manchester, KY on Monday morning November 21, 2022 at approximately 10:45 AM.

The arrest occurred off Rough Creek Road, approximately 6 miles east of London after Deputy Houston responded to a non-injury traffic crash there.

While Deputy Houston was enroute to the traffic crash, he received notification that the driver was attempting to walk away from the scene of the accident.

As Deputy Houston arrived at the scene he observed the driver of a silver Toyota Camry trying to leave the scene of the accident by attempting to cut through a cattle pasture.

Deputy Houston gave the driver an instruction to come back to the crash site and the driver complied.

An investigation was conducted and it was determined that the driver, identified as Shane M. Cope age 44 of Manchester, KY was driving on a DUI suspended license and wanted on four outstanding warrants including:

  • A Knox District Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on traffic and licensing charges

The driver was arrested byDeputy Houston and transported to the Laurel County Correctional Center.

In additionShane Cope was charged on:

  • A Laurel District Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of driving on DUI suspended license and other violations
  • A Whitley District Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of operating on suspended or revoked operator's license and contempt of court
  • A Laurel District Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of driving on DUI suspended license – first offense

In addition, as a result of Monday's traffic crash, Deputy Houston charged the driver with:

  • Driving on a DUI suspended license – first offense
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

This individual was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Photo of the accused is courtesy of the Laurel County Correctional Center.