A Providence man was behind bars after allegedly leading police on a foot chase Sunday night.
According to police chief Todd Jones, he was traveling on Middle Street in Providence at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Sunday we he spotted Chase Copeland, 32 of Providence, an individual he knew was wanted on a Felony Probation Violation Warrant issued for his arrest in regards to multiple Trafficking in Methamphetamine convictions from 2018. Copeland was originally given probation on those charges by Webster Circuit Court.
Those charges were originally filed against Copeland on January 10, 2018, and included two separate counts of first degree, first offense, trafficking in methamphetamine. In September of 2018 he was granted shock probation on those charges.
In June it was reported that he had violated the supervision requirement of his probation, and the warrant was issued for his arrest.
Upon spotting Copeland on Sunday night, Jones said he stopped his vehicle and announced himself to the suspect, who then fled on foot, entering a trailer on Middle Street. Jones requested backup, and was assisted by deputy Nathan Stinchcomb and city patrolman Carl Scheer.
When Jones approached the trailer, he said that Copeland fled out the back door, where he was captured by Scheer and Stinchcomb.
He was transported to the Webster County Detention Center where he was additionally charged with fleeing from the police and being a persistent felony offender (PFO), second degree.
Under Kentucky Penal Code, a charge of persistent felony offender applies to any offender who has been convicted of two (2) or more felonies, or one (1) or more felony sex crimes against a minor, in the last five years.
The code further states: “A person who is found to be a persistent felony offender in the second degree shall not be eligible for probation, shock probation, or conditional discharge, unless all offenses for which the person stands convicted are Class D felony offenses which do not involve a violent act against a person, in which case probation, shock probation, or conditional discharge may be granted.”
The penalty of a PFO crime is a sentence of the next highest degree than the offense for which the suspect was convicted.
This is not Copeland’s first time to face a PFO charge. He was charged with a PFO in Muhlenberg County in 2016, but the charge was later dismissed. During that case he plead guilty to a charge of complicity in trafficking in methamphetamine and was sentenced to five years in prison.