By Rob McDaniel
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday night after leading police in a high-speed pursuit from Laurel County to Rockcastle County.
Charles Dukes, 45, of Cosby, Tenn., was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, — police officer, one count; first-degree fleeing and evading; operating a motor vehicle under the influence; reckless driving; menacing and resisting arrest.
Dukes was arrested after London Police Department received a complaint of a Brown Ford F150 truck driving recklessly while traveling north on Interstate 75 at the 18-mile marker.
Shortly after the complaint was filed, Sgt. Doug Thomas and Sgt. Travis Dotson observed the vehicle pass a tractor-trailer in the emergency lane and then continue driving in the emergency lane.
The officers initiated pursuit, at which point the vehicle slowed as if to pull over and then rapidly accelerated, pulling away from police officers. Thomas and Dotson continued the pursuit, reaching speeds in excess of 85 mph.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Kentucky State Police Officers assisted by deploying a spike strip around the 35 mile marker of I-75. Dukes’ pickup struck the spike strip, deflating the front, driver’s side tire of his vehicle, however he continued fleeing from police.
Around the 41 mile marker, authorities began to set up a “box in” attempt to slow and stop the pursuit. Several attempts were made to stop the vehicle, but Dukes continued driving aggressively, striking a Laurel County Sheriff’s cruiser, operated by Deputy Larry Parrott, twice.
Dukes continued into Rockcastle County at which point officers were able to box in the vehicle, forcing Dukes to slow. Dukes then cut his vehicle to the right, exiting I-75 where officers from Mount Vernon Police Department stopped him.
Dukes then exited his vehicle and charged towards officers, refusing to comply with their commands and resisting arrest.
Following his arrest, Dukes was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Assisting in the pursuit and arrest were the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Mount Vernon City Police and Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Department.