Juveniles tie up emergency services after traffic stop

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Hodgenville police assist Narcotics Task Force

By Linda Ireland

A pair of teenage girls facing drug charges monopolized two LaRue County ambulances by complaining of severe menstrual pain last week.

Lt. Steve Johnson of Hodgenville City Police received a call to assist an investigation by the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force just after 9 p.m. March 9.

“He said he needed help stopping a vehicle that possibly had marijuana in it,” Johnson said. LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson and Nelson County Deputy Dennis Wells assisted with the traffic stop.

The officers “finally caught the car,” occupied by two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old female, on Joe Brown Road near White City, about six miles from Hodgenville.

“When we searched the car, we found 4.5 ounces of marijuana, a stolen handgun and alcohol,” Johnson said.

The marijuana was reported stolen from another location, Johnson said. When the girls saw the Task Force vehicle behind them, they “thought they were being followed by the owner.”

The K-Tech .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was reported stolen from a Radcliff residence, was loaded, Johnson said.

All three girls were charged with trafficking in marijuana, receiving stolen property (handgun) and possession of a handgun by a minor. The trafficking charge is usually a misdemeanor, Johnson said; however, possession of the handgun made it an enhanceable offense (a felony).

The 16-year-old also faces a charge of possession of marijuana on school property from an alleged incident that occurred two weeks ago.

Johnson transported the three girls to Hodgenville City Police Department. Following procedure, he called the court-designated worker to open juvenile proceedings.

In the meantime, one of the 17-year-olds “fell to the floor and began complaining of menstrual pain,” Johnson said. “She said she felt like she was dying.”

Still following procedure, Johnson called for an ambulance. Not long after the first girl was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital, the second 17-year-old developed similar pains in her side.

A second LaRue County ambulance was dispatched to transport her to the hospital.

The CDW had to wait about two hours for both girls to be treated at the hospital and return to the police department to finish her report.

All three girls were transported to Hardin County Juvenile Detention Center about 4:30 a.m.

Johnson said the teens’ parents were expected to pay for the ambulance bill and lab tests.

The investigation is ongoing.