A Paintsville man and woman were arrested on numerous charges, including endangering the welfare of a minor, after officers reportedly responded to a domestic incident at an apartment on Broadway.
According to an arrest citation written by Officer Zach Stapleton, when officers arrived at the apartment at which the domestic was allegedly occurring on Aug. 7, they heard Rachel Blair, 37, tell Richard Patrick, 62, to go out the hallway because the “cops were coming up the stairs.”
Stapleton, court documents said, saw Patrick running away and ran after him, following Patrick along an alley toward 10th Street then Washington Avenue. Stapleton wrote that a bystander told him that Patrick had dropped something by a concrete wall.
Stapleton, the citation said, was able to catch up with Patrick and Patrick stopped running. After placing Patrick under arrest, the citation said, Stapleton located syringes and orange pills believed to be suboxone beside the wall.
Upon further investigation, Stapleton wrote, officers learned that the duo had been fighting while holding a small child.
Stapleton wrote that officers went to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center to check on the child and learned that emergency medical responders had located a bag containing a syringe fully loaded with a substance believed to be heroin and a diaper bag into which Blair had placed several syringes.
Both Blair and Patrick were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Blair was charged with fourth-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, hindering prosecution or apprehension and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin). Patrick was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, fourth-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a prescription drug not in a proper container.