April 2, 2013

Fugitive found in girlfriend’s home

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A man already facing legal charges for a high-speed chase with police in January was arrested Thursday at his girlfriend’s residence.

Ronnie McQueen, 47, of 845 Haley Ridge Road in London, was indicted in March for traffic violations stemming from driving under the influence and trying to outrun police on Jan. 27.

McQueen had not surrendered himself to authorities on the indictment charges, resulting in a search for him at the Wise Owl Road residence of his girlfriend. Just days after that unsuccessful search, law enforcement officials returned to the scene on Saturday, March 23 after receiving a complaint of a possible meth lab at the same residence.

Their efforts proved productive on Thursday when Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back, Deputy James Sizemore and Deputy John Inman returned to the Keavy home, six miles west of London, around 2:10 p.m.

Deputies located McQueen and his girlfriend, 45-year-old Cassondra Helton, inside and placed both under arrest.

McQueen was served with the indictment warrant on charges of fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle (first-degree), speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, driving on a DUI-suspended license, reckless driving and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

He now faces additional charges for resisting arrest for hiding in the residence when police arrived and fighting with them during the arrest. McQueen is also charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment for allegedly holding Helton by the throat and not allowing her to answer the door. Helton was also placed under arrest for resisting arrest and hindering prosecution or apprehension for not disclosing McQueen’s location after she knew police were looking for him.

McQueen was wanted for the Jan. 27 incident in which he was spotted driving along U.S. 25 in a 55-mph zone at 78 mph. McQueen refused to stop when Deputy Brett Reeves engaged his lights and initiated a high-speed chase of speeds more than 100 miles per hour in the stretch of highway between London and Corbin.

McQueen’s Ford Escape swerved in and out of traffic during the chase, narrowly avoiding a collision with another vehicle near  Ky. 1189.

When Reeves’s cruiser kept coming, McQueen then pulled into a driveway off U.S. 25, shut off the headlights and attempted to run away on foot.

However, Reeves quickly captured McQueen and placed him under arrest. He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center and was placed under a $10,000 cash bond.