Police chase ends with two wrecks, multiple charges
ASHLAND, Ky. (WCHS/WVAH) —
A high-speed chase along Cannonsburg Road Sunday landed Justin Whitt in jail faced with several charges including wanton endangerment of a police officer, fleeing and trying to steal a car.
Wilma Moore said she watched the suspect and cruisers speed past her home, and knew things were going to get ugly.
“I heard this loud truck and thought, 'Oh my, God,' ” Moore said, “I saw this truck go by me and this police cruiser, he was a sheriff’s deputy, was maybe two or three links behind him, and they were flying.”
According to a news release from the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, deputies said they responded to a theft call Sunday, and the victim pointed Whitt out as the suspect when they got at the scene.
Deputies said Whitt, 28, jumped into his truck while they tried to apprehend him and sped down Cannonsburg Road toward U.S. 60 outside of Ashland, but before he could get there, he crashed into a vehicle with two people inside above the age of 80.
“I figured for sure that someone got hurt up there the way they went by here,” Wilma’s husband, Glen Moore, said.
One person was sent to the hospital in that crash, but the sheriff's department said it didn’t stop Whitt from continuing the chase.
Deputies said a second crash along the 1900 block of U.S. 60 ended Whitt’s run, sending another woman to the hospital.
In one final twist, deputies said Whitt was trying to steal a new car and continue to run when they caught up and arrested him.
“All on the count of some nonsense,” Glen Moore said, “up there stealing, which he shouldn’t have been doing, and then tried to get away. You can’t beat the law.”
Whitt is currently being held at the Boyd County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.