A Laurel County man has been charged with nearly hitting police officers with his pickup truck early Friday, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police vehicle enforcement section.
Police were conducting a traffic-safety checkpoint about 1 a.m. Friday when they saw a 1997 Ford Ranger driven by Jonathan Garland, 29, of London, nearly hit the Laurel Lake bridge, according to the release.
Then, the truck allegedly nearly hit the officers before speeding off. Police chased Garland on several roads in southern Laurel County at speeds reaching over 90 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when Garland ran off the road and hit a fence and a brick mailbox, according to the release.
Garland tried to run away, but police caught him.
Garland was charged with wanton endangerment, speeding, second-offense drunken driving, fleeing police, operating on a suspended license, criminal mischief, possession of alcohol in a vehicle and failure to wear a seat belt, according to the release.
One passenger in the truck, 26-year-old Clover Salyer of London, was charged with public intoxication. Another, 26-year-old Eddie Davis Jr., of London, was charged with fleeing from police on foot, the news release said.