Man Wanted for Several Shootings Arrested in Hopkins County After Pursuit: Sheriff

A wanted man was arrested in Hopkins County on Wednesday after the sheriff's office says he led authorities on a lengthy pursuit.

Posted: Aug 19, 2021 8:58 AM
Updated: Aug 19, 2021 9:04 AM

A Hopkins County man wanted in connection to multiple shootings is facing numerous charges after the sheriff's office says he led authorities on a lengthy pursuit Wednesday.

The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office says multiple agencies had been searching for 39-year-old Joseph Franklin of St. Charles, Kentucky, for the past several weeks in connection to multiple shootings.

Joseph Franklin, 39, of St. Charles, Kentucky - (Hopkins Co. Jail)

On Wednesday, the sheriff's office and the Madisonville Police Department both tried to stop Franklin as he was driving near Hopkins Central High School, the sheriff's office says.

According to HCSO, Franklin tried to escape instead of stopping, throwing items out of the vehicle along the way.

After a pursuit lasting for more than 10 miles, the sheriff's office says Franklin crashed into the White City Wildlife Management Area and tried to run away through a heavily wooded area.

The sheriff's office says a citizen then reported seeing Franklin riding in the back of a truck. The police department and the sheriff's office responded, stopped the vehicle, and took Franklin into custody without incident, according to HCSO.

During a search of the vehicle that Franklin crashed, the sheriff's office says a bag of suspected methamphetamine was found in addition to paraphernalia that indicated drug trafficking.

Detectives also recovered over two grams of meth that had been thrown out of the vehicle during the pursuit, according to the sheriff's office.

Franklin was booked into the Hopkins County Detention Center on a long list of charges including Wanton Endangerment, Terroristic Threatening, Criminal Mischief, Reckless Driving, and Trafficking a Controlled Substance.

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