Erratic taxi stopped on I-64; driver arrested

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 28, 2013 

Kentucky State Police said they arrested a Louisville taxi driver on multiple charges after chasing an erratically moving cab on Interstate 64.

Mark A. Olsen, 53, of Louisville was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, speeding, reckless driving, resisting arrest, first-degree fleeing and evading, and driving without insurance, according to a state police news release.

The Frankfort state police post reported that Shelby County dispatchers received several calls about 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon about a yellow taxi being driven recklessly. About the same time, Franklin County dispatcher received a similar complaint about a cab on westbound I-64 in Franklin County.

At 4:53 p.m., a state Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer spotted the cab on I-64 at mile marker 36 in Shelby County. When the taxi refused to stop, several troopers from the Frankfort post joined the pursuit, which continued into Jefferson County, police said.

Troopers said the taxi driver drove at high speed, making erratic lane changes.

With the taxi approaching heavy traffic and the driver refusing to pull over, troopers used a pursuit-intervention driving technique to bring the cab to a stop on I-64 in Jefferson County, police said.

Olsen, who was then arrested, was being held in the Shelby County jail, police said.

An investigation is continuing.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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