PADUCAH, Ky. (FOX 56) — After a 22-hour manhunt, a wanted “armed and dangerous man” is in police custody.

In late July, the Powell County Sheriff’s Office asked for the community’s help in finding 31-year-old Cody Johnson. The Powell County Sheriff’s Office said that at the time, Johnson was wanted by multiple agencies on multiple charges. Johnson was considered armed and dangerous, going door to door in central Kentucky and asking for water.


Johnson had managed to evade arrest before stealing a vehicle at Hinkle Contracting and remaining at large for a month.

On Sept. 11, Detectives received information that Johnson was traveling in the Tralee Drive area. In the early morning hours of Sept. 12, officials found Johnson riding in the passenger seat of a Mercedes SUV driven by Andrea Leftridge. When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, a high-speed chase ensued, according to court documents.

Between Clinton and Contest Roads, the Mercedes turned off the road and began to drive through fields in an attempt to elude deputies, court documents said. Soon, deputies found the Mercedes abandoned and learned a truck had been stolen nearby.

Deputies located the truck, and a chase ensued, officials reported. After spike strips were laid down, deputies soon found the truck wrecked and empty off of Durbin Road.


The pair fled on foot, and authorities found them near New Hope Church later that day. Johnson attempted to flee, but with the help of K9 Oscar, both Johnson and Leftridge were arrested by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office.

The Powell County Sheriff’s Office described the incident as a “22-hour manhunt” and hoped the arrest brought relief to those who were concerned that Johnson may have still been in Powell County.

Johnson is facing 13 charges in two counties, including:

  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Convicted felon in possession of a handgun
  • Receiving stolen property (firearm)
  • Two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police
  • Two counts of second-degree fleeing or evading police
  • Second-degree wanton endangerment
  • Receiving stolen property ($10,000 or more)
  • Trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine)
  • First-degree criminal mischief
  • Theft by unlawful taking ($10,000 or more)
  • Resisting Arrest

Leftridge is facing the following charges:

  • First-degree fleeing or evading police
  • First-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer
  • Theft by unlawful taking ($10,000 or more)
  • Second-degree fleeing or evading police

Both Johnson and Leftridge are booked in the McCracken County Jail and were due in court on Wednesday morning.