Madison County

Man who led multi-county chase that shut down I-64 asks for ‘second chance.’ Nope.

Ezra Conway was sentenced to four years in prison for leading police on a multi-county chase in February.
Ezra Conway was sentenced to four years in prison for leading police on a multi-county chase in February. Madison County jail

An Illinois man who led police on a high-speed multi-county chase in February was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Ezra D. Conway, 27, pleaded guilty earlier this month to wanton endangerment, fleeing police, and other charges.

Multiple police agencies were involved in the chase, which started in Madison County and continued through Fayette, Scott and Woodford counties. It ended on Interstate 64 in Franklin County near the Kentucky River bridge.

Conway avoided spike strips deployed by police, but he lost control of the vehicle. The resulting crash caused the westbound lanes of the interstate to be closed most of the afternoon.

Conway fled police after he and another person were stopped as suspects in the fraudulent use of a credit card at two Berea banks.

Conway said he was in Kentucky on his way to visit a relative in Alabama.

Conway said he was remorseful and asked Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse Jr. for probation.

“I’m just asking for a second chance,” Conway said.

Clouse denied probation.

“I don’t believe it was a momentary lapse of judgment,” he said.

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