A Leitchfield man was arrested in the early hours of Friday, Oct. 2 following a high-speed, overnight pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
According to a Kentucky State Police (KSP) news release, on Friday, at approximately 1:15 a.m. CST, Bullitt County dispatch contacted KSP Post 4 for assistance in a pursuit initiated by the Hillview Police Department after responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint.
The vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Timothy E. Hayes, 28, of Leitchfield, fled from police and entered Interstate 65 at the Brooks exit, travelling south.
The vehicle reportedly continued to flee from police on the interstate, at which point Bullitt County police officers notified their dispatchers that the occupants of the vehicle were shooting at them, the release read.
KSP troopers then joined the pursuit at the 102 mile marker on I-65, as the suspect vehicle continued to flee south at high speeds.
The Chevrolet next exited I-65 at the 91 mile marker and proceeded west on the Western Kentucky Parkway, where troopers pursued the vehicle for several more miles before entering Leitchfield.
Leitchfield Police Department officers successfully deployed a tire-deflation device, and a KSP trooper was able to further disable the vehicle with a low-speed maneuver, the release states.
When officers attempted to arrest Hayes, he reached for KSP Sergeant Kevin Burton’s gunbelt and began tugging on it in an attempt to disarm him, according to the release.
“A scuffle ensued until troopers and officers could get Mr. Hayes in control and under arrest,” KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory said in the news release.
Hayes was then transported to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center where he was later released and taken to the Grayson County Detention Center (GCDC).
Hayes is charged with Speeding 26 mph or More, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police First Degree, Disarming a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct First Degree, Terroristic Threatening First Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance First Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
As of Monday morning, Oct. 5, Hayes was still lodged in the GCDC on a $10,000 cash bond. According to Hayes’ bond decision, he is scheduled to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday, Oct. 15.
The case is still under investigation by KSP Lieutenant Jeremy Thompson.
The KSP was assisted by the Grayson County, Bullitt County, and Hardin County Sheriff’s Offices.
Editor’s Note: It has come to our attention that the mugshot of Timothy E. Hayes we initially ran with this story on our website was not up-to-date. We have since updated the story with an updated mugshot.
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