A Bath County man suspected in multiple robberies and a shooting died Sunday after he drove into a tree in Bourbon County following a police chase, Kentucky State Police said.
Lucas Vanderpool, 33, of Salt Lick died at the scene, said trooper Charles Loudermilk, spokesman for the state police post in Dry Ridge.
Winchester police pursued a green 2003 Ford Escape driven by Vanderpool after it was seen leaving a Winchester store that had reported an armed robbery, Loudermilk said.
“They were attempting to catch up to him but due to his speed coming across some of those roads, they backed off from him,” Loudermilk said. “They didn’t want to hurt anybody.”
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Vanderpool’s Ford Escape struck the tree after failing to negotiate a curve on Thatchers Mill Road southeast of Paris, Loudermilk said. Speed was a factor in the crash.
State police said Vanderpool had a separate active warrant for first-degree assault in connection with a Sunday shooting in Rowan County.
Coy Adkins, 55, of Morehead had arrived at St. Claire Hospital with a gunshot wound. Adkins was later airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington where he was treated and released, police said. Vanderpool was wanted in connection with the shooting.
While investigating the shooting, state police were notified of an armed robbery Sunday at the Eagle Travel Plaza Truck Stop in Rowan County. It was later determined that Vanderpool had committed the armed robbery, police said.
Vanderpool was also wanted in connection with another Sunday armed robbery at the Super Express Stop on U.S. 60 in Montgomery County.