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Trimble crash leads to search
2 men flee after high-speed chase
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:00 AM
Two men remain at large after a high-speed car chase that began on Interstate 71 and ended in Bedford on Sunday afternoon.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Mitchel Hazelett first noticed a car traveling at a high rate of speed in the southbound lane of Interstate 71 on Sunday. Hazelett attempted to stop the car at mile marker 36 around 2:05 p.m., but the driver continued down the interstate before exiting the roadway at the Campbellsburg ramp.
State police continued to pursue the vehicle as the driver began traveling north on U.S. 421 in Trimble County, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph.
"They were going about 80 mph on the wrong side of the road in those curves," Hazelett said of the chase on U.S. 421.
The driver lost control of the vehicle after taking a curve too fast and crashed near Rose Hill Road in Bedford. The three men got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Seven additional state troopers and a K-9 unit were able to locate a 16-year-old juvenile around 2:50 p.m. during the search for the three men. The juvenile was lodged at the Campbell County Detention Center in Newport.
After an investigation, state police determined the car has been stolen on Christmas Eve from the Shively area. A stolen firearm was also thought to have been in the car at the time of the pursuit, Hazelett said.
KSP is still looking for the other two men who were in the car at the time of the chase. One suspect is believed to be a 16-year-old black male, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall and 150 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a black University of Louisville jacket, gray pants and a U of L toboggan cap.
The other man is described as a black male about 18 to 20 years old, 5-feet, 7-inches tall and 150 pounds. He is known by the nickname, "Dream," Hazelett said. He was last seen wearing jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt.
Both men are known to travel between the Jeffersonville, Ind., and Louisville areas.
State police don't know if the men are armed, but the stolen firearm was not in the vehicle after the crash, Hazelett said.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Kentucky State Police Post 5 at (502) 532-6363.
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