Man on Grayson Co. Most Wanted list since April arrested in Butler Co.

A man wanted in Grayson County since early April has been arrested by Kentucky State Police in Butler County.

Joseph Lee Coin, 37, was arrested on multiple charges, including being a persistent felony possession of a firearm, theft by unlawful taking and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, second offense).

He was also wanted in Muhlenberg County on a theft charge.

Coin was wanted in Grayson County for possession of handgun by a convicted felon, fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, and driving on a suspended/revoked operator’s license.

On the afternoon of April 5, Kentucky State Police requested the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office assistance after Coin fled from police in a Nissan Sentra as troopers attempted a traffic stop on northbound Hwy 79 between Caneyville and Short Creek.

The chase left Hwy 79 as Coin turned onto Pine Knob Road. Coin, after Pine Knob Road transitions into Young Road, left the 1300 block of Young Road, driving several hundred yards into a field before fleeing on foot into a densely wooded area.

Troopers gave chase as Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sonny Poteet and then Sgt. Fred Norder quickly made their way to the scene.

Upon Norder arriving, he detained a female passenger who was in possession of two firearms. Norder and Poteet then assisted multiple troopers in searching a wide area for Coin, but to no avail.

Coin has been convicted on 11 charges in Edmonson, Butler and Warren counties since 2005. His convictions include: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree arson, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary (two convictions), manufacturing methamphetamine, theft by unlawful taking (two convictions), possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

The Kentucky Department for Corrections notes that Coin has absconded from parole and is on probation until 2025.

He is being held in the Butler County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

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