Man charged with escape while being arrested

Shawn Swiney

ELKHORN CITY, Ky. — What began as an arrest on a single misdemeanor charge quickly turned into a long list of other charges for one Pike County man, including several felony charges.

Police were called to a residence on Abner Fork just before 8:30 Thursday morning. There, the resident told police his son had kicked his bedroom door down and demanded two cell phones.

The officer found the son — identified as Shawn Swiney — in a shed beside the residence. He was handcuffed and placed under arrest for harassment while the officer continued to search the shed.

When the officer found a bag containing suspected meth residue, he reported that Swiney began yelling at him and acting like he was spitting on him. He was placed in the back of the police cruiser while the officer continued to search the shed.

During that search, the officer reported hearing a car door close and discovered that Swiney had allegedly slipped out of his handcuffs and was running away. He was found hiding behind a garage a short time later and re-arrested.

He is now charged with escape and assaulting an officer, along with numerous of other charges.