Johnson woman arrested after chase on ATV

Samantha Hodge
Samantha Hodge

DENVER, Ky. — A Johnson County woman who was wanted as a fugitive after not showing up for court on drug charges now faces more legal trouble, after allegedly leading police on a chase while driving an ATV.

Samantha Hodge, 39, of Nippa, was spotted riding the ATV along Route 825 near Denver. When a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull her over, she allegedly sped up, leading the officer on a chase along Upper Twin Branch Road and then onto a dirt road.

As the officer followed her, he reported that she abruptly stopped, causing his car to strike the ATV and send it off the road. Once the deputy got out of his car, he reported that she then tried to hit him with the ATV and he used his taser on her, with no effect.

Finally, the deputy tackled her and placed her under arrest.

The officer allegedly found her with two bags of meth and two bags of heroin.

Hodge is charged with fleeing police, wanton endangerment, drug trafficking and numerous other charges. She remains in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center under a $25,000 bond.