Man leads police on high-speed chase from Tennessee into Kentucky

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comMarch 24, 2013 

A police car was rammed and a state trooper injured in a high-speed, two-state chase that ended with the reckless driver in the hospital.

According to Kentucky State Police, the driver, Marrien K. Prince, 53, of Barbourville, was in fair condition Sunday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center following the chase.

Trooper Les Moses was treated and released at the Baptist Health Systems Hospital in Corbin. The nature of the both men's injuries were not available Sunday.

Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, KSP in London received a report that the Campbell County Tennessee Sheriff's Department was pursuing a red Ford Mustang northbound on I-75.

Once the chase crossed the state line, Kentucky troopers and the Williamsburg Police Department tried to conduct a traffic stop at mile marker 11. According to Williamsburg Police, three officers attempted to reduce the speed of the Mustang by boxing in the car which resulted in Prince ramming into a cruiser driven by Williamsburg officer Jason Strunk. Reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, Prince and the police, including Strunk, exited at mile marker 15.

Prince continued onto U.S. 25 "swerving at officer's cars" and "dangerously passed civilian vehicles", according to the press release from Williamsbueg police. A spike stick was deployed, deflating two tires of Prince's Mustang around the intersection of U.S. 25 and Ky. 90, near Devil's Creek in Whitley County.

Prince refused to leave the Mustang and resisted arrested, police said. After being subdued he was taken to Baptist Health Systems Hospital in Corbin and later transferred to UK.

Prince was charged with resisting arrest, speeding and other traffic related violations by the state police. Williamsburg Police said Prince was driving under a suspended license from a previous DUI arrest and had two outstanding warrants.

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