By Herald Ledger staff
About noon Friday, Sheriff Brent White was assisting the Department for Community Based Services with a child welfare check at a residence off Ky. 818 North when he found Savannah M. Wittmer, 29, of Grand Rivers. Wittmer was alleged to be a wanted fugitive from Daviess County. She was charged on an indictment warrant alleging second-degree escape and lodged in the Crittenden County Detention Center.
Last Wednesday about 7:20 a.m. Sheriff Brent White and Deputy Sam Adams responded to a complaint from Pennyrile Central Dispatch of a shoplifter, believed to be heading into Lyon County from Walmart in Princeton. The alleged offender was believed to have fled the scene after store personnel tried to stop him. Officers received a description of the vehicle as well as a registration plate number. The vehicle was reportedly last seen traveling west on U.S. 62 from Princeton.
White and Adams responded to U.S. 62 East and located the suspect vehicle, a 2012 red Dodge pickup with the matching registration plate number provided by the caller. Deputies stopped the vehicle on U.S. 62 near Park Avenue in Eddyville.
The driver, Brandon T. Allen, 33, of Marion, formerly of Louisville, was alleged to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana which authorities said they observed in plain view on the dash of the truck. Allen was arrested and searched. During the search, merchandise allegedly stolen from Walmart was found. Alleged methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia was seized.
Princeton Police responded and charged Allen with theft by unlawful taking $500. Adams charged Allen with first-degree possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, buy/possession of drug paraphernalia, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license and failure to produce and insurance card..
On Sunday about 10:35 a.m., Deputy Sheriff Chris Smith was dispatched to a single vehicle wreck on U.S. 62 East approximately four miles east of Eddyville. Smith found a 2016 Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicle driven by Yafang Zheng, 50, of Princeton, was eastbound on U.S. 62 when she lost control after hydroplaning. Her vehicle left the road and impacted a ditch and yard area. Zheng was not injured, but her vehicle had to be towed because of the wreck.
Also about 3 p.m. Sunday, Smith was dispatched to a commercial vehicle wreck on Ky. 274 approximately 10 miles south of Eddyville. A 2016 International Durastar truck was heading south on Ky. 274 when the driver lost control and overcorrected before leaving the road and hitting an embankment. The driver, Justin T. Hill, 22, of Bartlett, Tennessee, was not injured, but his vehicle was significantly damaged and had to be towed because of the crash. The wreck blocked both lanes of Ky. 274 for some time. Smith was assisted on scene by Deputy Joe Witherspoon.
On Friday about 8 p.m., Deputy Keith Suits stopped a 1998 Ford passenger car on U.S. 62 East. The vehicle was stopped for the initial alleged offense of speeding. The driver was allegedly driving on a license that was suspended because of a previous driving under the influence. The driver, Garrick V. Koinva, 32, of Princeton, was alleged to be under the influence of intoxicating substances in this incident and was arrested. He was charged with: speeding 13 miles per hour over the limit; driving on a DUI suspended license-first offense; DUI-third offense; display/possession of a cancelled or fictitious operator’s license; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia-possession; possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle.
Koinva was lodged in the Crittenden County Detention Center. Suits was assisted by Deputy Seth P’Pool.