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A Williamson man was arrested recently in Pikeville, Kentucky, recently on charges including trafficking in methamphetamine and fleeing from police.

According to court documents, at 3:44 a.m. on Jan. 17, Pikeville Police Officer Brandon Martin observed a 1999 Mercury Cougar leaving the Brookshire Inn in Pikeville. Martin wrote in the arrest citation that he checked the registration and it came back with no record on file.

Martin wrote that he conducted a traffic stop and, upon stopping the vehicle, the driver, Nathan Cantrell, 31, of East 7th Avenue, attempted to step out of the vehicle. Martin wrote that he instructed Cantrell to get back and and Cantrell complied but reached into the back seat of the vehicle.

Cantrell, the citation said, appeared extremely nervous. Martin wrote that he asked for Cantrell’s driver’s license, but Cantrell informed the officer he didn’t have one.

Cantrell, the citation said, began pleading with Martin, asking the officer to not take him to jail because he had active warrants.

Martin wrote that he learned through dispatch that Cantrell had three active warrants and he asked Cantrell to step out of his vehicle.

“Cantrell immediately became combative and would not put his hands behind his back,” Martin wrote. “He turned from me, pulling away, and ran down North Mayo Trail toward Pikeville High School.”

Cantrell, the citation said, lost his footing and fell. Martin wrote that he asked Cantrell to put his hands behind his back and he stood up and ran again. The citation said Martin deployed his taser, but it missed.

Cantrell, the citation said, ran onto Pikeville High School’s baseball field and into a dugout. Martin ordered Cantrell to come out, the citation said, and Cantrell attempted to flee again.

At that point, the citation said, Martin deployed his taser, but Cantrell attempted to remove the prongs and failed to comply even after two taser cycles.

Three other officers, Martin wrote, arrived and they were able to place Cantrell under arrest.

Martin wrote that, during a search of Cantrell’s vehicle subsequent to his arrest, officers found a large amount of a clear crystal-like substance.

Martin wrote that Cantrell also had a large sum of cash and two room keys to two different hotels, both of which are known to be locations where drug trafficking occurs.

Cantrell was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), resisting arrest, second-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree assault, third-degree criminal trespassing, traffic charges and failure to appear in court.