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Martin tries to run from law in river
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A man who evaded capture for nine days before being caught trying to ford a river with lawmen in hot pursuit now claims he was beat up while in jail awaiting trial.
The fugitive, Bradley Dewayne Martin, 32, appeared before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke wearing a neck brace, maintaining he was afraid to be held at Warren County Jail because he was beat up there by other inmates. Judge Locke ordered the names of the inmates who committed the alleged assault be given to the court with the possibility of criminal charges being taken if his allegations have merit.
Martin, during his appearance before the court, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound to the grand jury on charges of evading arrest, resisting arrest, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, theft, possession of burglary tools, burglary, aggravated burglary, and initiating the process to manufacture meth.
His issues began nine days before his river capture when he refused to pull over for lawmen on Old Rock Island Road. On that day, sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter said he got behind Martin’s Toyota but the fugitive accelerated.
“He was traveling at an excessive speed endangering the lives of every person on the road as well as his own life,” Carpenter said in his reckless endangerment warrant.
The car Martin was driving was found at his brother’s house at nearby Hennessee Bridge Road after he temporarily gave officers the slip. Martin then bolted out the back of his brother’s trailer when lawmen arrived, dropping three grams of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia in his haste to get away.
Martin stayed at large for nine days until he was spotted in a car near Shellsford Bridge.
“I saw him jump out of the passenger side of a vehicle and flee on foot,” recalled sheriff’s investigator Jody Cavanaugh from his perch atop Shellsford Bridge.
It was from there lawmen chased Martin down the river bank and into the cold river water. Officers said Martin was able to make it to an island in the middle of the river but decided to give up when he noticed lawmen had closed in on both sides of the river bank.
A subsequent search of the car Martin had been in netted numerous items commonly used in the production of meth. They also found meth and a morphine pill in the vehicle.
During the same search, officers found a pillow case containing jewelry and paperwork belonging to a McGee Cove Road resident. Upon going to the residence, they found a back window had been broken out and the house burglarized.