Fugitive considered armed, dangerous and 'desperate' may be in Grayson or Hardin Co.

Fugitive considered armed, dangerous and 'desperate' may be in Grayson or Hardin Co.
Joshua Sandlin (Source: Grayson County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Sandlin (Source: Grayson County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Sandlin (Source: Grayson County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Sandlin (Source: Grayson County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Sandlin (Source: Grayson County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Sandlin (Source: Grayson County Sheriff's Office)

LEITCHFIELD, KY (WAVE) - A wanted fugitive who should be considered armed, dangerous and "desperate" may be hiding in Grayson or Hardin County, the Grayson County Sheriff said.

Joshua Sandlin, 31, of Clarkson, led law enforcement officers from three agencies on a high-speed pursuit Jan. 25. The pursuit began on Salt River Road in Hardin County and ended in the Mt. Hebron community off St. Paul Road in Grayson County. Police said Sandlin led officers through fields, yards and even slammed into another driver's vehicle before crashing through a cattle gate, blocking the roadway and running into a wooded area.

"It's one of the most dangerous pursuits I've ever been involved in," Sheriff Norman Chaffins said. "One of my deputies during pursuit reached a speed of over 100 miles an hour."

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but Sandlin got away and he's stayed on the run.

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Chaffins called Sandlin a "frequent flyer."

"He's eventually going to be caught," Chaffins said. "There's no doubt about it. He can't stay gone forever."?

Sandlin is currently wanted for several felonies and misdemeanors in Hart, Grayson, Meade and Hardin counties in Kentucky by local authorities and the U.S. Marshals Office for being a fugitive wanted on a parole violation.

He is a suspect in multiple recent vehicle thefts and burglaries and is becoming increasingly desperate because he is running out of friends to help hide him, Chaffins said.

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"The longer he's gone, the more dangerous he becomes," Chaffins said, "I think he was getting quite a bit of help but I think now that we're getting his face out there, people are realizing that if they get caught harboring him, they're going to go to jail."
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Chaffins said Sandlin is responsible for burglaries and motor vehicles thefts since he's been on the run.

"He's actually starting to get more brazen and approaching people's houses, especially at nighttime and that's a problem for us," Chaffins said.

Police searching for Sandlin Tuesday night learned he had approached a house in which a young girl answered the door. The girl's father, armed with a gun, ran off Sandlin, Chaffins said. He later was picked up by an unsuspecting driver and dropped off in the Upton area of Hardin County. It is believed Sandlin was picked up there by a friend and may be headed back to Grayson County.

"He's going to end up walking up to the wrong house and someone's going to get hurt," Chaffins said.

The public's help is requested in locating Sandlin. Chaffins said the fugitive's alleged crimes are becoming more brazen.

Through his time on the run, Sandlin has continued to post on Facebook, so Chaffins sent him a message hoping for the best.

"I gave him my personal cellphone number; told him to call me," Chaffins said. "He can come and turn himself in and this can be over."

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He has been known to carry a gun, but he has not been seen with one recently, Chaffins said. Nevertheless, Sandlin should be considered armed and dangerous.

He is described as a white male who is 6' tall and weighs 155 lbs., although friends told authorities Sandlin lost a significant amount of weight recently because of continued methamphetamine use. He has blonde hair, brown eyes and tattoos on both of his forearms. The tattoo on his right forearm is of a cross.

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Anyone with information on Sandlin's whereabouts should call 911 or the Grayson County Sheriff's Office at 270-259-3024. Tips also can be submitted on the Grayson County Sheriff's Office website at gcsheriff.net. Tips may be left anonymously.

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