Man arrested after fleeing police

By Matt Lasley -


A Leitchfield man was arrested after allegedly fleeing police and endangering a Leitchfield police officer on Thursday, Feb. 25.

At approximately 12:02 a.m. on Thursday, the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) responded to a residence located on Penner Drive in reference to a reported burglary.

Upon arrival, Leitchfield Police Officer Todd Oller made contact with a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, according to a news release from LPD Detective Kevin Smith.

Oller attempted to detain the suspect and reached inside the vehicle to shut off the ignition.

The suspect, identified as Kirby D. Sandlin, 30, of Leitchfield, then accelerated the vehicle and fled the scene while Oller was still partially inside the vehicle, according to the release.

Oller was able to break away from the vehicle as it sped away and was uninjured during the incident, the release states.

Officers later located the vehicle, which had been wrecked and abandoned in a creek on West Shane Drive. Sandlin had fled the scene.

Sandlin was located at his residence a short time later and was arrested without further incident and transported to the Grayson County Detention Center, according to the release.

Sandlin has currently been charged with Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree (Police Officer); Operating on Suspended Operator License; Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence, 1st Offense; Fleeing or Evading, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle); and Fleeing or Evading, 1st Degree (on Foot).

The case is currently still under investigation and additional charges may be pending.


By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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