Clinton residents charged with vehicle theft in neighboring Pickett County

Posted August 1, 2018 at 8:48 am

On Friday, July 27 at approximately 1:21 p.m., Trooper Jordan Carter assisted the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department with a stolen vehicle they located on the Sam Ayers Road where the driver had fled on foot.

The vehicle had reportedly been stolen from a business in neighboring Pickett County, Tennessee and the overall pursuit apparently included the Pickett County Sheriff’s Department, Wayne County (KY) Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police.

Following a short foot pursuit, Clinton County Sheriff Jim Guffey located the suspect, Benjamin Claywell, 31, of Albany, attempting to hide in the back of a parked car on Mikels Road. A passenger in the stolen vehicle, Deseria Riddle, 23, also of Albany, did not attempt to flee.

Trooper Carter located a small glass smoke pipe in the vehicle containing drug residue.

Both subjects were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (drug unspecified), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Claywell was also charged with fleeing or evading police first degree (on foot).

Claywell and Riddle were lodged in the Clinton County Jail.