(Smith County Insider Press) – On December 19, 2017, Deputy Nick Campbell clocked a vehicle traveling 76 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. Deputy Campbell initiated his lights and sirens to get the driver of the vehicle to stop.
According to the police report, the vehicle continued to travel east on Highway 70, reaching speeds of over 90 miles per hour, until it ran out of gas just past Helms Bend Rd. The vehicle then began to roll backwards towards Deputy Campbell’s car.
Deputy Campbell, according to the police report, began ordering the subject to place the vehicle in park and exit it. The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Gentry (35, Radcliff, KY), exited the vehicle and fell to the ground. At this time, Deputy Campbell attempted to stop the vehicle from rolling by placing his foot on the bumper.
According to the police report, Gentry got up and began running. Deputy Campbell chased after Gentry, giving him verbal commands to stop, until Gentry fell in a ditch. While being cuffed, Gentry swung his fists and kicked at Deputy Campbell.
Once officer Jason Kemp with the Gordonsville Police Department and Sgt. Jared Smith with the Carthage Police Department arrived, Gentry was placed in the back of the patrol car, and a search of the vehicle was conducted.
According to the police report, during the search an electronic cigarette was found with an odor emanating from it that one would associate with marijuana. Gentry admitted to taking methamphetamine and smoking cannabis oil from his vape.
Gentry was transported to the Smith County Jail for booking.
Gentry is charged with resisting arrest, assault, simple possession of schedule VI, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and driving under the influence.