By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Second and third shift workers could have been endangered by a man who was driving nearly 100 mph per hour along South Laurel Road just after midnight Tuesday.
Kentucky State Police Trooper William Elliotte observed a vehicle traveling along the roadway at a high rate of speed at 12:11 a.m., and clocked it as 96 mile per hour. The posted speed limit in that section is 55 miles per hour.
Elliotte immediately engaged his blue lights and pursued the vehicle along U.S. 25-South until the vehicle made a right turn onto Ky. 1006, just across from the entrance to Levi Jackson State Park.
“He turned off 1006 onto a dead end street,” said Lloyd Cochran, Public Affairs Officer for the KSP Post 11 in London. “He refused to stop before then.”
The driver of the vehicle, 33-year-old Kenny J. Hamblin, of 2109 Adams Road in Corbin, was arrested and charged with numerous traffic violations including driving under the influence of intoxicants and having an open alcoholic beverage in his vehicle. In addition, marijuana and prescription pills were found in his possession. He was also driving on a DUI-suspended license and no insurance.
Hamblin was arraigned in Laurel District Court on Wednesday and is held under $2,500 cash bond. He is set for another hearing on Sept. 10.