|Thu, Mar 23, 2017 01:33 PM
|Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
THELMA — A routine domestic complaint escalated early Sunday into heated and life-threatening altercations at a Thelma residence and on the roadways — where an injured, knife-wielding local man reportedly tried to play chicken with police before crashing into a concrete sign.
|Man tries to play chicken with police|
The initial complaint involved the accused — Horse Robertson III, aka "Shortie" — allegedly refusing to leave his girlfriend's Thelma home on Main Street. Dispatch records indicate the initial call was made around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Within a short time, a second report advised that the suspect had pulled a knife inside the residence and that he was involved in an altercation with another male. Minutes later, police were advised that Robertson, who sustained a self-inflicted knife wound to his left arm, had fled the scene.
Chief Darrell Preston said Monday that the sheriff's department began searching the area for Robertson because of his reported medical condition — a deep laceration to his arm which was bleeding profusely.
Not long after the search for Robertson got underway, Preston encountered the alleged "highly intoxicated" driver in a black Jeep Cherokee driving on Rt. 1750 in the wrong lane — head on toward Preston's cruiser.
"(Robertson) was coming at me head-on in the wrong lane," the chief deputy said. "I went off the side of the road..." Preston said Robertson turned his vehicle around and started to flee the Thelma area.
Robertson reportedly hit a concrete sign near the entrance of the Carl D. Perkins Rehabilitation Center. He is also accused of trying to "ram my police car," Preston said.
The chief deputy said Robertson exited the vehicle armed with a knife and refused to adhere to police officers' commands to "put down the knife."
A physical altercation reportedly occurred between Robertson and police, who restrained the suspect and called for an ambulance to treat his injury.
Robertson was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, where he reportedly received about a dozen stitches for the knife wound.
Robertson was charged with felony DUI, second offense driving on a DUI suspended license, driving on the wrong side of the road, leaving the scene of an accident, disorderly conduct, two counts of criminal mischief, fleeing police, terroristic threatening and first-degree wanton endangerment on a police officer.
As a result of the initial complaint, the suspect was charged with fourth-degree assault. He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center after receiving medical treatment.