A Hagerhill man entered into a plea deal with Johnson County prosecutors Friday after being arrested in August on charges including wanton endangerment and assault after a high-speed chase with law enforcement that culminated in an arrest outside the man’s home, according to court documents. 

Johnson Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Skeans said Darrin Blankenship will serve a week in the county jail and a year of probation as part of his reduced charges in exchange for a guilty plea. 

Blankenship was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-offense aggravated DUI, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, menacing, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, fourth-degree assault and third-degree terroristic threatening. 

During court Friday, Blankenship entered his guilty plea with his fleeing and evading charge dismissed while he was sentenced to serve a week in the county jail on the disorderly charge and the DUI, according to Skeans, who said Blankenship will serve the remainder of his seven days in jail this week. 

According to jail documents, Blankenship was booked into the facility on Friday.

Blankenship was initially arrested Aug. 14 after Paintsville Police Department officers responded to two separate complaints about a man operating a green Dodge Challenger who had, according to one complaint, brandished and fired a weapon while pulled over on the side of a roadway and, another complaint from an individual operating a black pickup said, fired at the pickup while in motion, according to court documents.

Paintsville Police Officer Zach Mitchell responded to the call, the citation said, and was attempting to catch up to the man, identified as Darrin Gene Blankenship, 46, of Hagerhill, when Blankenship made a right-hand turn off of U.S. 23 and another abrupt left-hand turn up a driveway on Middle Fork Road as Mitchell caught up. The citation said Blankenship failed to stop for Mitchell, who had activated his emergency lights, and continued to flee until parking his vehicle at his own residence. 

Due to the nature of the calls, Mitchell said he exited his vehicle with his weapon drawn and commanded Blankenship to the ground. According to the citation, Blankenship only went to his knees, so Mitchell radioed additional units while he walked behind Blankenship and placed him on the ground. 

The citation said Blankenship was “yelling in a loud and obnoxious manner,” and alarmed the residents of the house, including an elderly subject with dementia, a 20-year-old male and two additional children within the residence. Blankenship’s wife then came outside, according to the citation, and attempted to interfere with the arrest and was also criminally charged. 

Mitchell said Blankenship continued to resist Mitchell’s commands for him to place his hands behind his back, which led to Mitchell laying on top of him and forcibly removing his hands from under him and placing them into handcuffs. According to the citation, Mitchell searched Blankenship’s person, locating a .380 caliber handgun with a fully loaded magazine and no round in the chamber. 

Blankenship was believed to be under the influence of alcohol, the citation said, due to the odor of alcoholic beverage about his person and his “extremely slurred speech.” Mitchell said he did not perform sobriety tests due to the dangerous nature of the situation. 

According to Mitchell, Blankenship continued to resist, striking Mitchell in his right shin with his foot while Mitchell was attempting to lead him to his cruiser. After being placed in the cruiser, the citation said Blankenship defecated on himself and stated he did not stop because he “had to (defecate) and that “the (expletive) mother (expletive) threw rocks all over (Blankenship’s) car and passed (him) on the right.”

The citation said Blankenship made several threats to Mitchell, saying “take these cuffs off now, boy, so I can whip your (expletive).”

Upon being transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Blankenship refused contact with an attorney and refused to submit to a blood test, the citation said. After leaving Paul B. Hall, the citation said Blankenship again defecated in the rear seat of the cruiser while en route to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center for lodging. 

Mitchell also noted in the citation that, throughout the entire sequence of events, Blankenship was verbally abusive and “kept hitting his head against the windows of (Mitchell’s) patrol vehicle and the partition between the prisoner area and (the) operator’s compartment.”

Blankenship was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-offense aggravated DUI, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, menacing, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, fourth-degree assault and third-degree terroristic threatening. 

No further dates have been set in Blankenship’s case.

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