Crime

Laurel County police pursuit ends in crash; man faces DUI, weapons charges

A Beattyville man faces a long list of charges after he wrecked his vehicle then allegedly tried to pull a gun on Laurel County deputies.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Department said Justin Cater, 25, was arrested early Sunday morning after a police chase in London.

According to the sheriff's department, it all started about 12:25 a.m. Sunday, when deputies received a report of a man at a London store who appeared to be drunk and reportedly had fallen several times, with a shopping cart landing on top of him.

A constable saw the man driving away in a blue Jeep Cherokee and gave chase, the sheriff's department said. Authorities said the suspect refused to stop, hitting speeds as high as 90 mph as deputies and a London city police officer joined the pursuit.

Moments later, police said, the suspect lost control while attempting a turn at 75 mph, and his vehicle crashed into an embankment.

Cater was arrested after a brief scuffle when he allegedly tried to retrieve a .22-caliber revolver from his Jeep, authorities said.

The sheriff's department said Cater is charged with drunken driving, fleeing police, resisting arrest, driving more than 26 mph over the speed limit, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree wanton endangerment, wanton endangerment against a police officer, reckless driving and being a persistent felony offender.

Cater was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries suffered in the wreck, but there was no word on his condition Monday.

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