Fugitive from Wisconsin runs from police in Magoffin
MINE FORK – A fugitive from Wisconsin was arrested in Magoffin County last week, racking up more charges as he reportedly fled from police while driving under the influence.
Salyersville Police Department Jeremiah Watson received a call on Wednesday, September 9, regarding an impaired driver leaving Speedway and heading west on U.S. 460.
Watson reportedly found the vehicle in question on U.S. 460 just before the KY 30 junction, noting that the driver was swerving within the lane and jerking the wheel. Watson turned on his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver continued driving, turning onto KY 2019, driving faster, crossing the centerline and jerking the wheel to get away, with speeds reaching 65 to 70 mph on the small road.
When they crossed the Elk Creek hill, the driver passed two cars in the passing zone at the bottom of the hill on the Lick Creek side, and continued to cross the center line. He then turned onto KY 3334, toward the Mine Fork area, and as they passed Wolf Pen Road he threw a medium-sized object out the window toward Watson’s police car. Watson braked to miss the object, and the driver continued to drive fast and erratically, randomly dropping off the side of the road and brake-checking the officer, according to the arrest citation.
When they reached the Mine Fork ridge, he braked really hard and tried, again, to accelerate quickly, leaving the roadway and hitting a tree, losing things out of the back of his vehicle in the process. The police chase continued onto KY 1081, when the driver left the roadway, again, hitting the hillside and getting stuck in the ditch.
Watson told the driver to show his hands to not move. The driver told Watson when asked that he was not injured.
When another law enforcement unit responded to the scene, police removed the driver, identified as Kyle A. Puhl, 31, of Wisconsin out of the vehicle and placed him under arrest.
Puhl admitted to police he had thrown a speaker out of the vehicle to try to bust Watson’s windshield to make him stop. He advised he had taken heroin, stating he was on probation for possession of heroin.
Puhl was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center for a chemical test and medical clearance before going to jail.
Police found two large dogs inside the vehicle tied to the floor with rope, though they appeared not to be hurt.
In Magoffin Puhl is facing the following charges: fleeing or evading police, first degree (motor vehicle); failure to wear seatbelts; no registration receipt; failure to produce insurance card; failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense; reckless driving; wanton endangerment, first degree, police officer; cruelty to animals, second degree; operating on a suspended or revoked operators license; no registration receipt; no registration plates; failure to produce insurance card; improper registration plate; failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense; reckless driving; operating a motor vehicle under the influence, second offense (aggravating circumstance); and driving DUI suspended license, first offense (aggravating circumstance). He was also charged as a fugitive from another state, with Wisconsin advising they would extradite him for a probation violation.
After refusing tests at Paul B. Hall and being medically cleared, Puhl was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled in his case for Monday, September 21.
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