POLICE: Eminence, Ky. man led officers on 32-mile, 110 mph chase

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say an Eminence, Kentucky, man is in custody after he led officers on a high-speed chase for over 30 miles at speeds exceeding 110 mph.

According to arrest reports, the incident began early Thursday morning in Madison, Indiana, when an officer with the Madison Police Department noticed a maroon Kia van driving eastbound on Second Street.

Police say the registration plate was assigned to a black Kia, not a maroon one.

The officer began following the vehicle, under the impression that it had false and fictitious registration tags. At Harrison Street, the officer turned on his emergency lights in an effort to stop the driver, 39-year-old Michael Handlon.

But Handlon didn't stop, according to arrest reports.

Police say Handlon drove across the Madison-Milton Bridge into Kentucky.

The officer turned on his sirens, but Handlon still refused to stop, police say.

When Handlon drove into Kentucky, Kentucky State Police troopers joined the pursuit, at the request of the Madison Police Department. His van drove south on U.S. 421, driving at speeds of 110 mph, according to Kentucky State Police. He then drove south on U.S. 42 for nine miles, before turning southbound onto KY-153. 

Kentucky State Police tried to deploy "stop stick" equipment to stop Handlon's vehicle at the Pendleton exit of I-71, but the attempt failed, and a KSP trooper fractured his ankle, according to the arrest report.

The pursuit continued east on KY-146 until they reached New Castle, Kentucky, where the van was blocked in by a Kentucky State Police trooper.

Police then ordered Handlon and a female passenger out of the vehicle.

Handlon allegedly told officers that he was afraid to stop because he believed there was an active warrant for his arrest, but police say there was no such warrant. Upon searching the van, however, police say they did find several open and closed beer cans, as well as two glass smoking devices that appeared to contain methamphetamine residue.

The female passenger allegedly told officers that the van had been black, but Handlon had painted it maroon "to avoid detection."

Handlon was arrested and charged with speeding more than 26 miles over the speed limit, reckless driving, failure to properly use turn signals, improper passing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of a controlled substance, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia and disregarding a stop sign.

He was booked into the Oldham County Detention Center.

The female passenger was released.

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