Forged check led London Police on car and foot pursuit

Billie Barnes LONDON KY—On Wednesday, October 14th at 11:52 a.m. London Police received a complaint of a forged check at Cumberland Valley National Bank (CVNB) from Laurel Dispatch 9-1-1. Shortly thereafter two women in a white Kia Optima led police on a car and foot pursuit near KY 192 leading to their arrest.

Officers Eric Stallard and Jordan Hopkins responded to the complaint at CNVB, determined that the check was in fact forged and spoke to the driver Billie R. Barnes, 34, of Dixon Branch Road. When Ofc. Stallard asked Barnes to move her vehicle forward a few feet from the bank’s drive-thru she took off at a high rate of speed through the London Shopping Center and past the Walmart Supercenter. While Ofc. Stallard followed after her in pursuit through traffic she struck a vehicle on Kings Way and continued to head towards Microtel Inn & Suites. Ofc. Stallared continued in the chaseBrandy May until Barnes stopped her vehicle and took off on foot. Brandy L. May, 36, of Hwy. 490, a passenger of the vehicle, exited the car immediately and stood nearby.

Ofc. Stallard continued to pursue Barnes on foot while Ofc. Hopkins provided back up with Lt. Matt Moore, Constable Chris Webb, Det. Gary Proffitt, Sgt. Travis Hurley, and Chief Derek House. Barnes was apprehended on Spivey Lane.

Barnes was arrested and charged with having no registration plates, no registration receipt, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, fleeing or evading the police of the first degree, leaving the scene of an accident-failure to render aid or assistance, first degree wanton endangerment, failure to wear a seat belt, second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and reckless driving. May was also arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card under $500 within a six month period, contempt of court libel/slander resistance to order. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.