A Kentucky man was arrested Saturday afternoon after a traffic stop led to a foot chase and a fight that resulted in an injury for a police officer.
Delbert Roark, 35, Middlesboro, KY, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence and disorderly conduct.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. when an officer with the Middlesboro Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the roadway without a stop sign.
Upon contact with the vehicle, the officer said the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Roark, was compliant but he was acting nervous and kept reaching for something in the side door panel.
According to reports, Roark originally identified himself as “Chris Smith” and the officer told him to stop reaching into the side door panel. The officer says he saw the handle of a 9mm firearm in the floorboard where Roark was seated. Roark opened the passenger door and ran off.
The officer then stated that he chased Roark on Evans Drive into a wooded area. During the chase, Roark attempted to reach around his waistband to get rid of a baggie that contained a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. Roark became combative and fought with the officer. Roark was arrested but the fight resulted in the officer’s right hand breaking.
Roark was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. He was also served a parole violation for a felony offense and a pay or stay bench warrant.