Pike jail escapee caught

Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com

April 25, 2013

PIKEVILLE — An escaped inmate was returned to custody Thursday, after two months on the lam, when a caller reported two men lurking around a Pike County school.

Kentucky State Police received a call reporting two suspicious men had been seen at Jones Creek Elementary and had crossed the road, heading to the Pike County Landfill.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer Sgt. Keith Justice responded to the scene, along with fellow CVE Officer Marty Combs. Upon arrival, they spotted the two men, who immediately ran away from the officers.

Combs found and arrested Jason Benton, 34, of Varney. Some time later, officers found and arrested Jeremiah D. Young, 24, of Phelps, who was wanted by police after escaping jail by walking away from a Pike County work crew Feb. 14. Both men were charged with second-degree trespassing and were lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.

Young was also charged with fleeing or evading police, being a persistent felony offender, menacing, disorderly conduct and second-degree escape.