Teen wanted in arson death leads police on high-speed chase through 5 Kentucky counties

A 17-year-old boy who was wanted by Ohio investigators in connection with an arson death was arrested after a 91-mile chase through Kentucky on Tuesday.

The Ashland Police Department said in a social media post that they went to Ashland Town Center Mall to try to find the teen after being contacted by law enforcement in Scioto County, Ohio.

The teen was wanted for questioning in relation to a death as a result of arson in Ohio, as well as for escape and robbery, Ashland police said.

Officers found the Dodge pickup truck he was thought to be driving, and they said they soon saw the boy, who has not been identified, getting into it.

Police said “officers immediately converged on the suspect vehicle,” but the teen started the truck up and “rapidly accelerated backwards striking an Ashland Police unit and other vehicles on the parking lot.”

Ashland police and a Boyd County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the truck, but they said the boy led them on a chase that began on the west side of Ashland and continued on U.S. 23 through Catlettsburg and into Lawrence, Johnson, Floyd and Pike counties.

The pursuit covered about 91 miles, and the suspect reached speeds of more than 100 mph, police said. Several law enforcement agencies assisted by blocking roads along the way as the suspect and police came through.

Kentucky State Police in Pikeville joined the pursuit at the Floyd/Pike County line, and Ashland police said the truck ran out of gas just north of Pikeville near the state police post.

The teen was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading police and first-degree criminal mischief.