Troopers go into river after fleeing man

By Debbie Caldwell Editor

April 1, 2014

A traffic stop on Tuesday by the Kentucky State Police led to a foot pursuit into the river, and a man being jailed on 14 charges.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said Trooper Joey Brigmon from Post 10 Harlan was attempting to make a traffic stop for a speeding violation on U.S. 25E.

Jacobs said Roger Ramey, 49, of Pineville was operating the vehicle when he pulled off U.S. 25E into a driveway and exited his vehicle.

“Mr. Ramey began fleeing on foot then jumped into the Cumberland River,” Jacobs said. “Troopers from Post 10 responded to the location to assist in apprehending Mr. Ramey from the river. Mr. Ramey refused to exit the river and remained in it for approximately one hour.”

Jacobs said Troopers Brigmon and Chad Gregory put on life-saving vests and entered into the river to apprehend Ramey.

“A short time later, troopers were able to arrest Mr. Ramey and take him to Pineville Hospital for medical treatment,” Jacobs said. “Mr. Ramey was released from Pineville Hospital at approximately 4 p.m. and was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.”

Ramey was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, menacing, three counts of third-degree criminal mischief, speeding 26 mph or over, expired registration plate, expired registration receipt, no insurance, failure or non owner to maintain insurance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, reckless driving and possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Jacobs said KSP was assisted at the scene by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, the Bell County Rescue Squad, Bell County EMS and Fish & Wildlife.

This case is still under investigation by Brigmon.