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Kentucky man is accused of driving 122 mph in I-75 chase through construction zone

Mitchell Clontz
Mitchell Clontz Rockcastle County Detention Center

A Kentucky man faces a long list of charges after he allegedly drove 122 mph Friday in a construction zone on Interstate 75.

A Mount Vernon police officer clocked Mitchell Clontz, of Brodhead, driving 52 mph in a 35 mph zone early Friday morning, and the officer pulled him over when he discovered the suspect’s registration was expired, according to the arrest citation for Clontz.

Clontz, 49, attempted to flee from the officer and then got onto Interstate 75 northbound toward Madison County, police allege. Clontz cut off a tractor-trailer and was weaving between lanes during the high-speed chase.

He reached a speed of 122 mph while in a construction work zone, his arrest citation states. Six miles into the chase, a deputy was able to get in front of Clontz to slow down the pursuit, according to court documents.

Clontz continued to weave back and forth before making a sharp right turn and traveling off the roadway into a wooded area, where he hit a tree, according to police. According to his arrest citation, Clontz fled on foot and a deputy and officer chased after him. When the officer reached Clontz, he used his Taser to take down the suspect, police say.

Even while on the ground, Clontz was not complying until a third officer arrived to help handcuff the suspect, the arrest citation states.

While waiting for emergency medical services to arrive, Clontz “exhibited pinpoint pupils, began talking to people who were not real and making screaming noises,” Clontz’ arrest citation states.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he was still talking to himself and “asking for advice from voices in his head,” police say.

Once he was booked into jail, deputy jailers found a suboxone pill in his jeans pockets.

Clontz is being held in the Rockcastle County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond with 24 charges, including speeding, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, reckless driving, promoting contraband, menacing and fleeing or evading police.

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