BELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Saturday November 17, 2018
On Friday November 16, 2018 Bell County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole apprehended a wanted man.
Found in the attic of his residence on record on Highway 119 was 36 year old Joey Jarnigan of Pineville.
Jarnigan was arrested in 2016 for speeding, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle and on foot, reckless driving, and two fugitive warrants from another state. He was placed on parole and absconded.
On November 11, 2018 Jarnigan was the focus of a pursuit in Claiborne County while he was operating a motorcycle. Tazewell and Claiborne County authorities chased Jarnigan to a residence on Norris Drive where he abandoned the motorcycle.
With the help of adjoining counties K-9 units tracking him, they found a marijuana growing operation and chemicals for the grow along with several drugs. Jarnigan had been on the run since that incident.
He is facing charges in Tazewell and also in Grainger County Tennessee and is being held in the Bell County Detention Center without bond on the parole violation.
Bell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Jordan, K-9 Deputy James Taulbee, Deputy Patrick Brooks, and Probation/Parole Officers Brad Southern and Bradley Dye worked in conjunction to take Jarnigan into custody.