MARTIN COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER LATEST RUN IN & CLASH WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADS TO SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING FELONY ASSAULT OF AN OFFICER
SUSPECT FROM LOVELY AREA LED AUTHORITIES ON FOOT CHASE AFTER SHE RAN AWAY THAT LED TO DANGEROUS SITUATION ON STATE BORDER BRIDGE; SECOND TIME SHE HAS FELONY ASSAULTED A POLICE OFFICER IN THE LAST 6 WEEKS
AUGUST 10, 2019 – written by WADE QUEEN
KERMIT BRIDGE — A Martin County woman, who has a very extensive criminal history, had another major confrontation with local law enforcement when she led officers on a foot chase early Wednesday morning which led to a dangerous situation on the Kermit Bridge which spans the Tug River.
According to a press release report from the Martin County Sheriff Department, just after midnight on Wednesday morning Aug. 7, Martin County Sheriff Sheriff John H. Kirk and Martin County Coroner Chris Todd spotted a woman staggering across the Kermit Bridge.
When Sheriff Kirk called for further assistance, Martin County deputy Aaron Blevins also responded to the scene and saw the woman, identified as Marlena A. Evans, 41, of Lovely, was standing on the bridge.
When deputy Blevins got out of his cruiser, Evans allegedly took off running, climbed the railing of the bridge and attempted to jump into the Tug River. Deputy Blevins along with Coroner Chris Todd grabbed Marlena Evans by the legs while she was hanging off the bridge.
The arrest report states Evans then tried to pull the two officers over the railing with her and threatened to kill them. Deputy Blevins, Coroner Chris Todd and Sheriff Kirk managed to pull her back over the railing and onto the sidewalk.
Police say Evans resisted arrest and had to be pepper-sprayed. Once Evans was handcuffed, she then assaulted the officers by kicking them in the legs. She also tried to head butt deputy Blevins when he was attempting to put her in the cruiser. Once the officers got Evans under control, she was finally placed into the back of the cruiser.
Evans was charged with 8 criminal offenses, consisting of 7 misdemeanors and 1 felony, which were the following:
- • WANTON ENDANGERMENT-2ND DEGREE-POLICE OFFICER,
- • RESISTING ARREST,
- • MENACING,
- • DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 2ND DEGREE,
- PUBLIC INTOXICATION-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (EXCLUDES ALCOHOL)
- ASSAULT 3RD DEGREE-POLICE OFFICER OR PROBATION OFFICER,
- TERRORISTIC THREATENING, 2ND DEGREE,
- FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE,2ND DEGREE (ON FOOT).
After being taken into custody, Marlena Evans was transported to an area Hospital before being transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, where she remains lodged as of Saturday afternoon August 10.
Marlena Evans’ latest arrest continues her long criminal history, as this latest run in with law enforcement marks the 46th time in the past 17 years (to June 2002), on 123 criminal charges consisting of a of wide selection of motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors, and numerous felonies. A reviewing of her oldest known arrest on the internet implies she had likely some crime arrests going back into the 1990s. The vast majority of these arrests took place in Martin County, but also some in Johnson, Lawrence, Leslie, and Perry counties. Evans crime record that most of her offenses when she was younger were somewhat minor, as she got older her the crimes she allegedly committed got more serious, including 1st and 2nd degree assault of individuals, sex crime charges of children, more than one escape of custody, parole violations, and so many more various offenses.
Evans’ last arrest in this past June 20 of this year led to being given with the nearly same identical charges, including felony 3rd degree assault of a police officer (something she has been charged with around a half a dozen times in her life).
Time will tell if there will be any additional or upgrades to Marlena Evans charges involving her latest arrest incident by the Martin County Sheriff Department, or more than likely, the Martin County Grand Jury, including the specter of a pair of attempted murder of a police officer charges, due to the fact that the arrest report stated that she allegedly tried to pull a deputy and the county coroner over the bridge with herself, too.