2 charged after 90-mph chase on Laurel County roads, ATV trail sparks fire

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 15, 2014 

Two people face multiple charges after a 90-mph chase over public roads and an all-terrain vehicle trail in Laurel County, police said.

A pickup truck caught fire during the chase, sparking a blaze that ultimately spread to about 30 acres of land, Laurel County Sheriff John Root said.

Root's office said Doren Napier, 46, and Roger Vaughn, 55, both of East Bernstadt, were charged with evading police, arson, resisting arrest, DUI, public intoxication, speeding and wanton endangerment.

It began about 2:30 a.m. Monday in northern Laurel County, about 12 miles from London, according to the sheriff's office.

Authorities said deputies were stationed on Ky. 490, watching for a man who allegedly had fled a domestic assault on Sunday. He reportedly was driving a stolen pickup.

When the officers tried to stop a Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling south on Ky. 490, it accelerated away at speeds of more than 90 mph, according to the sheriff's department.

The chase continued over various public roads and onto an ATV trail headed toward Callahan Falls, deputies said.

Officers searched the area on foot and eventually spotted the truck, which had flames coming from the floor, police said. An open bottle of lighter fluid was in the vehicle.

Fire from the truck spread to a hillside; firefighters extinguished the blaze, the sheriff's department said.

Afterward, deputies found Napier hiding in the woods; Vaughn also was located in the area, they said.

Both were taken to the Laurel County jail.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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