February 11, 2014

Two caught in high speed chase

Investigation reveals involvement in burglary earlier that day

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Two people are behind bars after they led police on a high-speed pursuit Wednesday night on the Ky. 192 By-pass.

At approximately 10 p.m., London Police Officer George “Rick” Cloyd observed a vehicle on Ky. 192 driving with an expired license plate.  Cloyd attempted to stop the 2000 red Chevy pickup, but the driver refused to stop.

Cloyd pursued the vehicle south on Ky. 363, turning left on Ky. 1006 and then left on Middleground Way to U.S. 25, turning south.  The vehicle traveled south on U.S. 25 for several miles before turning on Slate Ridge Road where it went about another mile before turning to the “Lily Pits,” where the vehicle crashed into an earth embankment.  Two occupants of the vehicle — later identified as Kenneth C. Middleton, 22, of Somerset and Lindsey Morris, 20, of London — continued to flee on foot.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason McCowan and his K9 partner, Jenga, assisted in the pursuit by searching the area.  Middleton and Morris were located hiding in the woods.

Continuing the investigation into why the accused fled from police, officers discovered the two were being sought for their involvement in the burglary of a residence in London, which happened earlier that day.

At approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, London Police responded to a burglary on Clark Drive.  Upon arrival officers spoke to the homeowner who indicated he saw a set of vehicle tracks in his back yard when he came home.  At that time, the victim entered his residence and discovered the back door and been forced open and several items were missing.

A metal gun cabinet, including 11 firearms and ammunition; a coat; a crossbow; $70 to $100 in gold coins; a stealth game camera and an HP laptop computer were also listed as missing.

Middleton was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary; first-degree criminal mischief; speeding 26 mph or greater over the speed limit; no registration plates; no registration receipt; first-degree fleeing or evading police; failure to produce an insurance card; failure to wear seat belts; reckless driving; first-degree wanton endangerment; operating on a suspended or revoked operators license; operating a motor vehicle impaired by alcohol or drugs, third offense in five years; first-degree fleeing and evading police on foot; failure to illuminate head lamps; failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance or securities, first offense and failure to register transfer of a motor vehicle.

Morris was charged with one Knox County bench warrant and one Laurel County Bench warrant.  She was also charged with first-degree burglary; first-degree criminal mischief and giving officers a false name or address.

Both parties were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center; Middleton on a $25,000 cash bond and Morris on a $5,000 cash bond.

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