Suspect in custody after police chase
A high-speed chase that started in Jeffersontown Tuesday morning ended in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Dixie Highway after police rammed the suspect's car.
Tuesday, July 22nd 2014, 10:44 am EDT
Tuesday, July 22nd 2014, 10:11 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A high-speed chase that started in Jeffersontown Tuesday morning ended in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Dixie Highway after police rammed the suspect's car.
The chase started around 10 a.m., and the suspect -- now identified as 30-year-old Travis A. Mettling -- led police through Jeffersontown and Shively, weaving in and out of traffic and cutting through yards and parking lots before police finally stopped him at the Arby's on Dixie Highway and Blanton Lane around 10:40 a.m.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders says it started Mettling was pulled over for a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Taylorsville Road and Patti Lane. After the car was stopped, the officer noticed that the three passengers in the car seemed nervous, and Mettling took off while his license was being checked by police.
During the chase, the passengers jumped from the car.
Sanders says police continued pursuing Mettling because they believed he was armed and dangerous after his passengers told them he said the chase would end in a shootout.
Mettling, who was not armed, suffered minor injuries. Two J'town officers were also slightly injured. Several patrol cars were damaged in the chase.
LMPD officers assisted officers from Jeffersontown during the chase.
Mettling is now facing numerous charges, including trafficking in a controlled substance and assault. He also has a domestic violence charge in Indiana.
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