November 19, 2013

Driver arrested after high-speed chase

Clocked going more than 100 mph on I-75

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer


A North Carolina man was arrested Thursday after leading Kentucky State Police Troopers on a high-speed pursuit that went through three counties.

The pursuit began on I-75 in Rockcastle County when Trooper Eric Moore clocked a 2014 Ford Mustang traveling speeds in excess of 100 mph. 

When Trooper Moore attempted to stop the vehicle, the operator refused and Trooper Moore initiated a pursuit.  The suspect, traveling northbound, exited the interstate at exit 76 in Madison County.  The suspect then re-entered I-75 at exit 76 and began traveling south through Rockcastle and Laurel counties.

Two separate tire deflation devices were successfully deployed and, as a result, the suspect’s vehicle slowed considerably enabling Moore to perform a pursuit intervention technique.

The suspect’s vehicle then struck the barrier wall and came to a complete stop.  He was then taken into custody.

Shaun Dirkach, 37, of Jacksonville, N.C. was arrested and charged with speeding; reckless driving; first-degree wanton endangerment; first-degree criminal mischief; first-degree resisting arrest and first-degree fleeing and evading police, in both Laurel and Rockcastle counties.

Dirkach was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

KSP Troopers were assisted by officers from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office, Laurel County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the London City Police.