Man Arrested off US 25 Tries to Escape Police Custody by Attempting to Steal Patrol Car

LONDON, KY (April 5, 2021) - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Brent France along with CSO Brian France arrested Charles J. Gray, JR age 39 of Highway 1232 on Saturday evening April 3, 2021 at approximately 6:11 PM.

The arrest occurred off US 25 approximately 8 miles South of London after deputies were dispatched to a possible overdose at a business there. Upon pulling into the business parking lot, deputies observed a male subject flee on foot when he saw the patrol car pulled into the parking lot.

After a foot chase the individual was questioned and gave false identifying information to deputies (his fathers info). Deputies were able to determine the correct identification of this  individual.

In addition, during arrest the individual was found in possession of suspected Methamphetamine, hypodermic needles, and a flask.

After placing the individual in the backseat of the patrol car, and while continuing their investigation deputies observed this individual attempt to crawl between the separator window of the police cruiser in an attempt to steal the patrol car, and had damaged a printer and belongings of deputies while attempting to escape.

While being processed at the Sheriff's office this subject attempted to interfere with custody and following a brief scuffle with deputies was taken into custody.

Charles J. Gray, JR was charged with:

  • Possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – third offense – Methamphetamine
  • Fleeing or evading police – second-degree – on foo
  • Giving officer false identifying information
  • Attempted escape third-degree
  • Resisting arrest
  • Possession of Drug paraphernalia
  • Public intoxication – Controlled substances

In addition, this individual was charged on four Whitley District Court warrants of arrest obtained by Corbin police officer Stephen Meadors after Officer Meadors attempted a traffic stop on a rental vehicle when allegedly this individual who was an occupant in the vehicle shoved the female driver out of the moving vehicle and drove off and following a vehicle chase and a foot chase discarded suspected Methamphetamine, and was in possession of a rental vehicle belonging to the driver who stated this individual had entered her vehicle without permission while stopped at a local business.

Charles Gray, JR was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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

Trys to steal Patrol Car attempting to escape Police


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