Suspect runs, finds himself up a tree without a paddle

Jordan Johnson

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County man found himself up a tree following a drug investigation … literally.

State troopers had been conducting a drug investigation at a traffic stop on U.S. 460, when they spotted Jordan Johnson, 24, of Pikeville, walking nearby. Because of his close proximity and the lack of homes nearby, they suspected he might be involved, so they stopped him to talk to him.

When they patted him down, they found a cigarette pack with suspected meth inside. That’s when police say Johnson ran away from them, jumped a guardrail and climbed a tree hanging over the Big Sandy River, where he stayed for the next two hours, with temperatures around 30 degrees.

Johnson eventually came down and was arrested. He is charged with fleeing police, drug possession and other charges.