Bank robbery suspect arrested following a pursuit across state lines

Louisa police say this money was recovered after a bank robbery in Fort Gay in Wayne County. (Louisa Police Department)

The Louisa Police Department said a bank robbery suspect was arrested following a pursuit through West Virginia and Kentucky.

Steve Meeks, 61, of Louisa was charged with attempted robbery, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, reckless driving, careless driving, DUI and will face armed robbery charges in West Virginia, according to the police department.

Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson said the bank robbery happened about 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Community Trust Bank in Fort Gay. Thompson said the bank was robbed at gunpoint and Meeks fled into Kentucky where he was pursued by a deputy.

The Louisa Police Department said they received a call about a suspicious man in the area of the Inez Deposit Bank. The man had left the scene. Deputies then received a call about the robbery in Fort Gay and the suspect matching the description was in the area and being pursued by police.

Officers with Kentucky State Police, Louisa Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office were involved in the pursuit. Deputies said the suspect began throwing money from the vehicle. The pursuit ended on KY 1690 just before Nats Creek.

Police said all the money was returned to the bank thanks to some citizens that collected it and turned it over to police.

Meeks was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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