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Purple van connects suspect in reckless driving and drug cases

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Mark Caster is accused of reckless driving down Broadway Avenue Mark Caster is accused of reckless driving down Broadway Avenue

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville man put drivers and pedestrians in danger with his reckless driving in downtown Louisville. 

According to an arrest report, it all started around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. Police say an officer tried to pull over 51-year-old Mark Caster who was headed northbound on South 4th Street in a purple Ford van. 

When the officer turned on his cruiser's police lights, Caster allegedly threw the van in reverse, slammed on the gas, hit the curb and barely missed the police vehicle before turning onto Broadway Avenue.

Police say Caster then accelerated to speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, running through four stop lights and putting pedestrians and other drivers in danger.

He was arrested later that night in the parking lot of the Monkey Wrench, located at Barrett Avenue and Winter Avenue, on separate drug charges.  According to police, an officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the same purple van reported in the earlier incident.

Police say Caster was inside and investigators noticed a bag of the drug in plain view. He was charged with disregarding traffic control, reckless driving, and trafficking marijuana. 

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