Authorities search for man who led chase through Boyle, Mercer

Police were trying to obtain an arrest warrant for a man suspected of leading them on a chase Wednesday through Boyle and Mercer counties.

Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliot said Delbert "Pete" Jones is wanted on multiple counts of wanton endangerment. Elliot said authorities don't have a warrant yet, but "We are pursuing attempted murder of two police officers."

The chase began about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near Danville, where a Boyle County sheriff's deputy tried to stop the car at Brook Cove and Ky. 33, Mercer County Sheriff Chris Kehrt said.

Elliot says Jones was wanted on a warrant for federal drug charges. Authorities were trying to stop the car because investigators were told there was a large quantity of methamphetamine inside. A chase ensued.

Kehrt said he and Burgin Police Chief Jim Caldwell shot at Jones as he tried to run them down near the Boyle-Mercer county line.

The car headed north toward Burgin, and as police in Mercer County tried to clear rush-hour traffic from Ky. 33 and Faulkner Station Road, the Pontiac went off the road and the driver attempted to run over Kehrt and Caldwell, police said.

"He went into a right embankment, and we thought he'd lost it and destroyed his car, but he came out and did a doughnut in the roadway and came at officers," Kehrt said. "Chief Caldwell fired some shots at the vehicle and I did."

The chase continued west on Faulkner Station Road to U.S. 127, then north to Harrodsburg, around the U.S. 127 bypass at Harrodsburg, and then northwest on Ky. 390 (Bohon Road). Officers discontinued the chase, which covered about 15 to 20 miles, because it was too dangerous.

Kehrt said the white Pontiac Grand Am that Jones was driving was found Thursday in Anderson County.

Kehrt said police have been in telephone contact with Jones, who was unhurt.

"We talked to him ... trying to get him to turn himself in, and he said he wanted to see his family before he did so," Kehrt said.