East Bernstadt, KY Man's Reason for Fleeing Police was that He had Drugs on Him - Did he lie??

LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Austyn Weddle arrested Mark White age 50 of Highway 1376, East Bernstadt on Thursday afternoon January 19, 2023 at approximately 4:09 PM.

The arrest occurred off North Laurel Road, approximately 1/2 mile north of London after deputies were dispatched to a complaint of a male subject apparently wanted on outstanding warrants.

When Deputy Weddle arrived in the vicinity of the scene, he observed a male subject matching the description of the suspect walking along the roadway.

Deputy Weddle stopped and conducted a roadside investigation and was given a name and Social Security number of two different individuals (later determined to be false).

During the investigation, the suspect attempted to flee on foot and following a brief scuffle with Deputy Weddle he was taken into custody.

The suspect advised deputies that the reason he fled was that he had drugs on him.

Mr. White was found in possession of suspected Methamphetamine and a glass Meth pipe containing residue.

Mark White was charged with:

  • Giving officer false identifying information
  • Possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – Methamphetamine
  • Fleeing or evading police – second-degree – on foot
  • Resisting arrest
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

This individual was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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

Laurel Sheriff's K-9/shift Sgt. Gary Mehler assisted Deputy Weddle at the scene.


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