Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A high speed chase in Pikeville ended with a man behind bars Thursday night.
According to Kentucky State Police, Post 9 in Pikeville received a call reporting a possible DUI in driving northbound on US 23.
KSP Trooper Jamie Rose located the vehicle, a 1995 Honda Civic, near Shelbiana. Tpr. Rose activated his emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop.
After the vehicle stopped, Tpr. Rose approached the car, but the driver accelerated and pulled onto U.S. 23 northbound fleeing the area.
Trp. Rose, along with Trooper Marcum, pursued the Honda for eight miles. As the driver fled, Sgt. Chris Hollon and Detective Jimmy Anderson responded to the area to assist in traffic control.
As the fleeing vehicle approached Sgt. Hollon and Det. Anderson, the operator lost control of the vehicle striking the ditch on the Northbound shoulder of U.S. 23 near the Buckley’s Creek intersection.
The operated, identified as 30 year old Gary Fletcher of Jacksonville, Florida.,and three passengers fled the scene on foot.
The officers pursued Fletcher and his passengers, all four were apprehended. Fletcher was transported to Pikeville Medical Center for injuries he sustained in the automobile accident where he was treated and released.
Fletcher was arrested and charged with one count of Operating a motor vehicle under the influence and one count of fleeing or evading Police.
Two of the passengers, Tasha Johnson and an unknown male, were also arrested, charged with public intoxication. The other passenger was a juvenile.
All three remain lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.
This incident remains under investigation by KSP Tpr. Jamie Rose.