Carrollton man accused of violating graves during police pursuit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Carrollton Police Department has arrested a man they say led police on a chase on a scooter, causing damage to several graves at a cemetery.
According to an arrest report, the incident took place on Sunday, Aug. 9, just before 11 p.m.
Police say they saw 20-year-old Rene Rabago, Jr. driving a scooter on 11th Street in Carrollton with no headlights or taillights. As Rabago drove past an officer, the officer recognized him as someone who was driving on a suspended license, according to the arrest report.
Police say they tried to stop Rabago, activating lights and sirens, but he refused to stop. Instead, he allegedly ran three stop signs, and drove south through the Carrollton grave yard.
"During the pursuit, subject drove his scooter off of the roadway and through the Carrollton graveyard in an attempt to get away, causing damage to the graves / grounds," a police officer wrote in the report.
Police say he also, "left a lot of debris of plastic and trash from his scooter that was falling off as he was driving over top of the graves."
After driving through the graveyard, police say Rabago drove through a back yard on 8th Street, causing damage, and then turned illegally onto a one-way street. He then allegedly rammed into a Carrollton Police cruiser three times intentionally, causing damage, before turning.
Police say they pursued, and Rabago tried to cut the officer off with his scooter, causing them to collide and Rabago to wreck his scooter.
Throughout the pursuit, police say he "never once used his turning signal."
According to the arrest report, Rabago then took off on foot and threw a trash can at an officer, causing that officer to trip, fall and rip their pants.
Rabago was eventually subdued and arrested after the officer tazed him.
While Rabago was in custody, police say they found a small plastic bag containing several white pills in his wallet. According to the arrest report, Rabago told officers the pills were hydrocodone.
Rabago was charged with fleeing or evading police (on a motor vehicle), wanton endangerment, reckless driving, third degree assault against a police officer, criminal mischief, driving on a DUI suspended license, failure to maintain required insurance, disregarding a stop sign, fleeing or evading police (on foot), 10 counts of violating graves, criminal littering, no tail lamps, failure to or improper signal, improper equipment, trafficking in a controlled substance, leaving a scene of an accident and promoting contraband.
He is currently being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.
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