Possible kidnapping leaves one jailed

February 26, 2024

A possible kidnapping/abduction was foiled by the London Police Department and Laurel Sheriff’s Department.

On 02/26/2024 at approximately 08:09 AM, Officer Hobie Daugherty arrested Dustin J. Bewley, age 30 of Keavy, KY.

Officers received a report from London-Laurel 911 Center of a possible Kidnapping in progress that had come into the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. Officer Daugherty, along with other officers, were able to get behind the vehicle in question and attempted to perform a traffic stop. Upon doing so, the operator, later identified as a Dustin J. Bewley, began to flee from Officer Daugherty. After a short chase, Bewley attempted to go through the grass area at the roundabout at KY-1006 and KY-363, where he overturned the vehicle after striking a guide wire for a utility pole. After a brief struggle, Bewley was taken into custody. Bewley also appeared manifestly under the influence. The victim was also checked on and was transported to St. Joseph for possible minor injuries resulting from an earlier incident. Officer Daugherty was assisted on scene by Chief Chuck Johnson, Asst. Chief Bobby Day, Sgt. Elbert Riley, K9 Officer Dylan Messer and Officer Andrew Lawson. Members of the Laurel County Sheriff's Office and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County also assisted on scene.

Bewley was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle U/Influence of Alcohol/Substance 3rd Degree (Aggravating Circumstances), Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substances 1st Degree 1st Offense (Heroin), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree - Drug Unspecified, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree and numerous other charges.

At this time, an investigation is still ongoing and further charges may be filed by the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at a later date.