Police track down suspects after Trimble Co. crash
Saturday, January 04, 2014 4:00 AM
Police arrested two men who led Kentucky State Police on a two-county, high-speed car chase before fleeing on foot in Trimble County after they committed another crime in Louisville.
Terrel Watters, 19, and a 16-year-old juvenile, both from Louisville, were taken into custody by the Louisville Metro Police Department after a robbery on New Year's Day morning, a Kentucky State Police release said.
The two males also were identified as the two suspects who fled on foot after crashing a vehicle they stole from the Shively area on Christmas Eve near Rose Hill Road in Bedford, the release said.
Kentucky State Police trooper Mitchel Hazelett first noticed the car with the three men Sunday traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 71 around 2 p.m. The driver exited the interstate at the Campbellsburg ramp and drove north on U.S. 421 in Trimble County. Hazelett said the pursuit reached speeds of more than 100 mph.
After the driver lost control of the vehicle near Rose Hill Road in Bedford, the three male occupants got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Seven additional state troopers and a K-9 unit located a 16-year-old around 2:50 p.m. on Sunday. The two other men remained at-large until Wednesday.
Evidence from the stolen vehicle used during the pursuit and additional information on the three suspects has linked them to multiple robberies in the areas of Louisville and Jeffersonville.
Louisville news outlets report Watters and a 16-year-old juvenile robbed an Okolona Speedy Mart at gunpoint the day after Christmas and are connected to at least three other robberies, including Young's Corner Mart and another food mart in Jeffersonville and a Marathon gas station in West Point, Ky.
Watters faces charges of robbery, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing and evading and criminal mischief in Louisville.
Watters, the 16-year-old juvenile and the other 16-year-old arrested the day of the pursuit also faces charges of receiving stolen property over $10,000, fleeing and evading police on foot and in a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief and several other traffic violations in relation to the pursuit.
Watters and the juvenile arrested Wednesday are lodged with Louisville Metro Corrections. The juvenile arrested after the pursuit on Sunday is currently in the custody of his parents.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Mitchel Hazelett leads the investigation into the two-county pursuit. Additional investigations for the robberies are being handled by agencies in those areas.