On Saturday night, Deputy Nathaniel Bostic was on patrol on South Hwy 25 when he noticed Kenneth Ray Perkey driving a red Ford Ranger.   Bostic knew there was a warrant for Perkey’s arrest.  At this time, he turned around and got behind the truck. He was unable to read the tag, because it was blocked by a large trailer hitch. Bostic stopped the truck and asked Perkey to put his hands outside the vehicle, but Perkey pulled back onto the highway, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. Bostic began chasing the vehicle and was able to stop him again. While Bostic was chasing the vehicle he noticed the passenger, James Lee Ayers bending down several times out of view.

Once the vehicle was stopped, Bostic noticed that Ayers was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Cpl Joe Hopson arrived shortly after Bostic had taken the duo into custody. Hopson deployed K9 Santo for an exterior sniff of the truck. Santo alerted at the passenger side door. During a search of the vehicle, a cigarette pack with a clear plastic baggy with a crystal-like substance that was believed to methamphetamine was found. An empty Suboxone packet was also found. A routine check of Perkey’s license revealed that it was suspended for failure to appear.

Perkey, 40, 984 Lowes Branch Road, LaFollette is charged with violation registration law, driving while suspended, felony evading arrest, possession of schedule II-controlled substance, capias/bench warrant, aggravated criminal trespassing and aggravated assault by domestic violence.  Perkey remains in the Campbell County Jail this morning on a $100,000 secured bond.

Ayers, 40, 296 Laurel Branch Road, LaFollette is charged with public intoxication and possession of schedule II-controlled substance.  The secured bond set for Ayers is $30,000, and he is still being housed in the county jail.   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/23/2018-6AM)