Hazard Police Arrest Man Following Foot Pursuit

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, around 5:08pm, Hazard Police responded to a suspicious man behind businesses on KY HWY 15 on the bypass. Lt. Jessica Cornett and Officer Keith Gwin arrived and canvassed the area. The man, identified as 29-year-old Joshua Smith of Hazard, was located near CVS. As Officer Gwin approached, Smith ran and a foot pursuit ensued, with both men falling down the hill going towards L&N yards, injuring Officer Gwin. Drones were deployed to assist, and Smith was located and arrested. He was charged with evading, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment, trafficking controlled substance, criminal mischief, and other charges. He was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

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