Woman arrested on assault charge
by Joe P. Asher Staff Writer
A woman was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Britt Lipfird on Tuesday on charges including second-degree assault.
Tasha Montaro, 28, of Harlan, was pulled over by Lipfird after she allegedly drove the wrong way down a one way street.
According to the citation, Lipfird saw Montaro hunched over her steering wheel as if having a hard time seeing or concentrating. Montaro then drove onto the one way section of Clover Street going the wrong direction.
The citation states Lipfird pulled Montaro over in front of her sister’s Clover Street residence. After Lipfird administered several sobriety tests, Montaro was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital where she refused lab tests and refused to contact an attorney.
Montaro was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and no registration receipt.
Lipfird also served Montaro with an arrest warrant stemming from an alleged Sept. 21 incident.
The complaint states Whitney Gerhold claims Montaro assaulted her causing serious injury. Gerhold was treated at Harlan ARH Hospital and received four stitches due to the assault, according to the arrest warrant.
Montaro was charged with second-degree assault and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.
In other police news:
* Dewayne Harris, 31, of Harlan, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Keith Baker on Tuesday on a warrant for three counts of third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, one count of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender. Harris was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on bonds totaling $2,000 secured by 10 percent and a $183 pay or stay bond;
* Gary Cochran, 24, of Harlan, was arrested Tuesday for a probation violation and second-degree fleeing or evading police from police by Harlan City Police Officer Britt Ross. Cochran was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 full cash bond;
* James Stevens, 46, of Cawood, was arrested by Chief Deputy Winston Yeary on Tuesday and charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender I. Stevens was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond secured by ten percent.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, firstname.lastname@example.org
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