Man who allegedly led La Grange Police on high-speed chase said - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Man who allegedly led La Grange Police on high-speed chase said he wanted to be shot

Posted: Updated:
William Clark (Source: Oldham County Detention Center) William Clark (Source: Oldham County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bedford, Kentucky, man who allegedly led police on a dangerous high-speed chase told officers he wanted to be shot.

According to an arrest report, the incident started just after 3 a.m. Wednesday just outside the Planet Fitness and Taco Bell near the intersection of Yager Avenue and South 1st Street in La Grange.

Police say they saw 23-year-old William Ray Clark pull up outside one of the businesses in a 1999 Nissan Frontier, and sit there with the engine running.

A La Grange Police officer pulled up nearby with headlights deactivated. According to the arrest report, Clark started driving toward the officer, but when he saw the police vehicle, he came to a stop and then started driving toward Yager Avenue.

Police say the officer noticed that Clark wasn't wearing his seat belt, had an expired registration and a "loud exhaust."

According to the arrest report, Clark made a right turn on Yager Avenue, then an "immediate" right turn into the parking lot of Long John Silver's before coming to an "abrupt stop."

When police asked him for his driver's license, he got out of his car and said he didn't have one on him. Police say he was, "very fidgety, nervous, high-strung and seemed to be on edge." According to the arrest report, he began every statement with the phrase, "to be completely honest with you," and added that his drug of choice was marijuana.

Police say he, "appeared to be under the influence of unknown drugs."

According to the arrest report, police discovered that Clark had two active warrants for his arrest and was driving on a suspended Kentucky operator's license. At that point, the officer approached Clark -- who was sitting in his vehicle -- and told him that he was under arrest.

But police say Clark responded by speeding away in his vehicle, driving over raised concrete curbs.

Police say the officer pursued Clark with lights and sirens activated. According to the arrest report, Clark drove north on 1st Street, blowing through stop signs at a high rate of speed and passing a vehicle that was stopped at an intersection. He then allegedly drove northbound on Highway 53 at speeds in excess of 100 mph, running a stop sign before turning onto Highway 42.

At that point, police say Clark's vehicle appeared as if it was experiencing mechanical issues, with Clark slowing down and swerving back-and-forth across all lanes of traffic -- including oncoming lanes.

Police say Clark eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle and took off running, jumping a side fence off Highway 42.

Police chased him on foot. According to the arrest report, Clark cleared a wire fence, and then reached into his pocket / wristband area. At that point, the officer tazed him, and he "immediately went down to the ground."

At that point, police say Clark was handcuffed and taken into custody.

When officers searched Clark, they allegedly found a large hunting knife in his front pocket.

While being treated by EMS, Clark allegedly said, "in essence that he purposely reached for his pockets in hopes of being shot."

Clark is charged with reckless driving, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked operator's license, failure to wear seat belts, driving without proper registration plates and failure of a vehicle non-owner operator to maintain required insurance.

He is currently being held in the Oldham County Detention Center.

Copyright 2018 by WDRB News. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.