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ACSO: Adair man arrested after 8 hour standoff in Breeding

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

The incident began on Monday, May 17, 2021, when Adair County 911 received a call from the Kentucky State Police about an impaired driver on KY 55 North. A deputy was dispatched to area and around 3:30amCT, Deputy Joey Keith located the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.

During the stop the suspect fled just as Deputy Keith approached the window. A pursuit ensued, lasting for more than 20 minutes, coming into Columbia--where CPD joined in--before eventually crossing into Green County.

After the pursued vehicle crossed through hay fields, visual contact with suspect was lost and the pursuit was terminated.

Deputy Keith and the Adair County Sheriff's Office were able to identify the operator later that day, and warrants for his arrest were obtained.

At approximately 10pmCT, Adair County Sheriff's Deputies went to the residence in an attempt to serve the felony warrants.

The suspect was in the residence and refused to come out, ultimately barricading himself into the residence, where he was observed inside coming to windows with a rifle.


Sheriff Brockman and deputies began negotiating with Phipps. Negotiations lasted for over seven hours. The Kentucky State Police Special Response Team was contacted and was en route to the scene when Phipps agreed to surrender himself to Sheriff Brockman if everyone would back away from the house.

Shortly after all units were backed off, Phipps removed the barricades from the doorway and walked out peacefully, unarmed, and was taken into custody.

Deputy Joey Keith is the investigating deputy and is leading the investigation.

Adam Phipps of Columbia was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of:
  • Fleeing and evading police
  • Operating a motor vehicle under influence
  • Wanton endangerment 1st degree
  • Possession of a firearm by convicted felon


This story was posted on 2021-05-18 15:54:53
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