A video circulating on social media of a Kentucky State Police trooper getting into an altercation with a Rockcastle County suspect has been drawing criticism.
Joshua Henry Vanwinkle, 30, of Brodhead was arrested Wednesday and charged with fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and violating probation, according to the Rockcastle County jail website.
Before Vanwinkle’s arrest, state police had been called to a Rockcastle County garage for a report of a property theft, Trooper Lloyd Cochran said Friday. When Trooper Scotty Pennington and another trooper arrived, three men ran.
Pennington caught two of the men, one being Vanwinkle, and took them back to his vehicle, Cochran said. Once at the vehicle, the altercation began. Vanwinkle and Pennington were uninjured.
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Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident and reviewing the video to find out what led up to the altercation . At this point, no disciplinary actions have been taken against Pennington.