An Aflex man who, court records show, had a license suspension connected to a DUI and fleeing arrest lifted less than two weeks ago was arrested again over the weekend on charges including that he was in the possession of a handgun while DUI and fleeing police.
Tyler R. Sartin, 25, of Aflex, was arrested and subsequently indicted in connection to a incident from June 13 in which he was driving under the influence when he fled from Pikeville Police Lt. Michael Riddle in a motor vehicle. Sartin was indicted on charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police and DUI in July, court records show.
On June 27, court documents were filed to suspend Sartin’s license for 120 days, but less than two months later, on Aug. 24, the suspension was lifted. Court filings show Sartin’s defense attorney Robbie Wright filed a motion to have the suspension lifted, which Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman reviewed on Aug. 21 and emailed the Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to say, “if the Commonwealth is agreeable, I will do it. If not, I will assign it for a hearing.”
The documents were filed on Aug. 24 to lift Sartin’s suspension, court records show.
Early Saturday morning, PPD Officer Daniel Fields was driving south on U.S. 23 when a white jeep, later determined to be operated by Sartin, passed Fields going north, “traveling at 87 mph in a 55 mph zone,” the citation in the case said.
Fields wrote in the citation that he radioed to Riddle, who was sitting north of Fields’ location, and Fields and Riddle attempted to perform a traffic stop of the vehicle near Tolage Creek. After the officers’ activated their lights, Sartin continued operating the vehicle, crossing the fog line multiple times, for over a mile-and-a-half, the citation said.
Sartin finally came to a stop in a driveway on Stone Coal Creek Road, the citation said.
Fields wrote in the citation that when the officers made contact with Sartin, he had a strong odor of alcohol about him and when he exited the vehicle, he used “the vehicle as a crutch.”
Sartin failed multiple field sobriety tests and the officers determined to place him under arrest and they located a black Ruger hand gun in his back pocket, without incident, the citation said.
Sartin attempted to contact an attorney and refused a blood test of his own while at Pikeville Medical Center, court records show. When asked to consent to a blood test, he refused and began to yell and cuss inside of the hospital, court records show.
He was arrested on charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), carrying a concealed weapon, DUI, reckless driving and speeding (26 mph or greater over), the citation said.
Sartin pleaded not guilty to his charges Monday at arraignment and Pike District Judge Kelsey E. Friend Jr. ordered Sartin held in the custody of the Pike County Detention Center on a 10 percent payment of a $10,000 bond, court records show.
Friend ordered that Sartin’s license be surrendered to court before release if bond payment is made, court records show.
Sartin remained in the custody of the PCDC as of presstime Monday.