A man wanted in Scott County led police on a chase through several counties Friday, endangering motorists and police before the incident ended at a standoff on Interstate 75 in Richmond.
The man, Jason Shipwash, surrendered to police just after 1 p.m. The standoff shut down both sides of the busy interstate near Exit 90 on the north side of Richmond for about an hour.
Shipwash, 35, of Bourbon County, apparently fled from police because he had outstanding charges.
“He said he just freaked out,” said Sgt. Ben Jones of the Scott County sheriff’s office.
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Shipwash told police after giving up that he didn’t want to hurt anyone, Jones said.
But Jones said Shipwash’s conduct, including passing cars in the emergency lane, did endanger others. Shipwash hit a vehicle driven by a Scott County deputy and tried to hit state police cruisers, Jones said.
The Scott County sheriff’s office, Georgetown police and Kentucky State Police all filed charges against Shipwash, including fleeing and evading police; first-degree wanton endangerment; wanton endangerment of a police officer; and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
Jones said Shipwash also is charged in Bourbon County with criminal possession of a forged instrument.
The pursuit began when Georgetown police officers tried to arrest Shipwash at a BP gas station on U.S. 460, Assistant Police Chief Robert Swanigan said.
Shipwash, who was wanted on a warrant related to a home invasion, drove off down Newtown Pike in Scott County and through Fayette County before stopping in Richmond.
State police advised drivers to avoid the area, and drivers already in the area were told to stay in their vehicles. However, some got out to snap photos on cell phones.
Police had received reports that Shipwash might have had a gun in his pickup truck, and they negotiated with him for about an hour before he surrendered just after 1 p.m.
“We’re happy that it ended in this manner,” said Robert Purdy, a state police spokesman. “It ended peacefully, and everybody is safe.”