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Ky. man gets prison sentence for evading police, attacking dog

March 9, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Kentucky man was sentenced to prison recently after evading police and striking a K-9 dog during a routine traffic stop in Huntington last year.

Zachary Sparks, 23, of Olive Hill, Kentucky, entered a Kennedy plea to attempt to commit a felony, battery on a government official and causing injury to an animal used in law enforcement. Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard sentenced him to serve a one- to three-year prison sentence.

Sparks had been driving on U.S. 60 near Roby Road when he was pulled over by the West Virginia State Police on Nov. 19, 2018. After giving officers a fake name, Sparks ran into the nearby woods. Officers with the Huntington Police Department and Cabell County Sheriff’s Department assisted troopers with the State Police in searching for Sparks.

Sparks was found by a K-9 police dog about an hour and a half later, hiding under a tree stump by the river’s edge. During the evasion, police say he hit the dog and tried to harm the officer making the arrest.

He was transported to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries, including dog bites.

The following unrelated sentences were recently handed down in Cabell Circuit Court in Huntington:

n Earl J. Saxton, 59, pleaded guilty to third-offense shoplifting. Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell sentenced him to serve one to 10 years in prison, where he will undergo drug treatment.

n Brandon Scarberry, 29, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Howard sentenced him to serve one to five years in prison.

n Matthew Smith, 47, of South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent use of an access device and receiving a stolen automobile. Howard sentenced him to serve a six- to 10-year prison sentence.

n Brenda Stepp, 47, of South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent use of an access device. Howard sentenced her to serve five years in prison.

n Earthel Thompson, 40, of East Lynn, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony. Howard sentenced him to serve a one- to three-year prison sentence.

n Nicholas T. White, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-offense shoplifting. Farrell sentenced him to enter a drug rehabilitation program at Western Regional Jail after suspending a prison sentence of two to 20 years.

n Allison Workman, 29, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to petit larceny, receiving a stolen automobile and delivery of a controlled substance. Howard sentenced her to serve three years of deferred adjudication.

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