Pursuit ends in crash, two arrests

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

A high-speed vehicular pursuit that began in Breckinridge County and ended in Leitchfield resulted in two arrests and more than $1,000 in damages on Wednesday afternoon, June 8.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Breckinridge County Deputy Jim Beauchamp advised that he was pursuing a burglary suspect into Grayson County on Lilac Road.

The Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) responded to assist.

The suspect vehicle, a blue 1999 Ford driven by Hamilton C. Austin, 22, of Louisville, KY, was reportedly travelling at a high rate of speed, according to Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins.

The vehicle allegedly passed two oncoming LPD cruisers and continued southbound on Lilac Road where Chaffins joined the pursuit.

“[GCSO] Deputy Jarrod Mudd was able to stop traffic on Brandenburg (KY 259N), which probably ended up saving lives because the suspect vehicle failed to negotiate the intersection and crashed into a yard and camper-trailer before coming to final rest in a driveway,” Chaffins said in a news release.

Austin and his passenger, 22-year-old Casie N. Hale, fled on foot after the crash, according to Chaffins.

Chaffins pursued Austin on foot for several hundred feet before catching up to him where Austin was subsequently tased and placed into custody by Mudd, the release states.

Hale was also chased on foot before she was apprehended and placed into custody by Leitchfield Police Officer Jesse Townsend.

Both Austin and Hale were charged with 13 counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree; one count of Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Vehicle); one count of Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (On Foot); and one count of Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree.

Austin was also wanted out of Bullitt County, KY on a warrant for Burglary, 3rd.

Charges out of Breckinridge County are pending and additional charges out of Grayson County are also possible.

Both were lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center on $10,000 cash bonds and are scheduled to appear in court next Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Several other LPD and GCSO units responded to assist, but no police cruisers or citizen vehicles were damaged, Chaffins said.

Additionally, no police or citizens were injured in the crash.

The only damage was to some shrubbery, a parked camper-trailer, and a garage door totalling over $1,000.



By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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