LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Kentucky couple here last week on charges of being fugitives from justice.
Richard Joseph Driver, 65, and Michelle Pogue Driver, 64, who were living at 205 Main St. in Lynchburg, were arrested on April 24 in the Dollar General parking lot after the Moore County Sheriff’s Department was alerted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
“I was contacted by the U.S. Marshals and they were here within 30 minutes,” said Moore County Sheriff’s Department investigator Mike Rainey. “We assisted them with the serving of the warrant on the two fugitives.
“We set up surveillance and waited on them to come out of Dollar General and they were apprehended in the parking lot.”
According to the police investigator’s report, both Joseph Driver and his wife Michelle Driver were wanted in Kentucky for the charge of abandonment of a minor. Rainey said the two had been wanted in the state of Kentucky since 2010.
“I was advised and shown warrants from Todd County, Kentucky for (their) arrest,” said Rainey in his report.
According to the report, the vehicle the suspects were in began to move. At that time Moore County Sheriff’s Department moved in and made contact, confirming that the driver was Richard Driver, matching the warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
At that time, one of the marshal’s went into Dollar General and made contact with Michelle Driver. The report states that as Michelle Driver walked out of Dollar General she “faked a fall on the parking lot, yelling and screaming that she hadn’t done anything and that she couldn’t get up.”
Rainey called for an ambulance and EMS personnel checked on Michelle Driver. When EMS personnel said she was fine, both suspects were transported to the Moore County Sheriff’s Department where they were booked on charges of fugitive from justice and each placed on a $150,000 bond.
After being given a court date here for an extradition hearing, they both waived extradition. As of Tuesday evening, they two were in the Moore County jail awaiting transport back to Kentucky by the State Police of Kentucky.
Todd County, Ky., is just across the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, northeast of Clarksville, Tenn. Its county seat of Elkton is between Hopkinsville and Russellville, Ky., west of Bowling Green.
—ROBERT HOLMAN, editor & publisher