Suspect arrested after 60-mile chase that ended in Grayson County
LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have arrested a suspect after a high speed chase that started in Bullitt County and ended more than 60 miles away in Grayson County.
According to a news release from Kentucky State Police, it started with a call to KSP Post 4 from the Hillview Police Department for assistance in pursuing a suspicious vehicle.
As Bullitt County police pursued the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina south on I-65, they notified dispatchers that someone from the vehicle was firing at them.
KSP joined the pursuit that finally ended around 3 a.m. on Lilac Lane in Leitchfield. That's where Leitchfield police used a tire deflation device to slow the vehicle down; a KSP trooper was then able "to further disable the vehicle with a low speed maneuver."
The car came to a stop near the home of Carolyn and Jerry Childress, giving them a rude awakening.
"I went to the restroom, and there wasn't anything going on," said Jerry Childress. "And then when I come back out of the door, there was lights flashing everywhere and sirens, a lot of different vehicles out here, it happened so fast we didn't know what was going on!"
WDRB news crews at the scene found found a cell phone -- belonging to police or the suspect -- close to skid marks and tire tracks in the grass. Some of the grass was stained with blood.
"I think he must have been injured," said Carolyn Childress. "I'm not sure but I think they lifted him and put him on the stretcher, so I assumed he was injured."
"I think he tried to attack the police officers when they finally got him stopped," Carolyn said.
According to police that's exactly what happened. Police say the suspect -- identified as of Leitchfield -- reached for a state trooper's gunbelt "and began tugging on it in an attempt to disarm him."
After a struggle, Hayes was brought under control and sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Twin Lakes Regional Hospital for treatment. He was then taken to the Grayson County Detention Center.
Hayes is charged with reckless driving, fleeing or evading police, disarming a peace officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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