Crime

Police chase runs from Anderson County almost to the state Capitol

A man who was under the influence led police on a chase from Anderson County almost to the state Capitol building on Friday, state police said.

A state trooper tried to stop Kenneth D. Stuart on U.S. 127 after a Lawrenceburg dispatcher notified state police about a complaint of a possible DUI.

Stuart, who was driving a 1996 Nissan truck and thought to be armed, refused to stop and began to speed up, state police said.

As Stuart, 52, of Danville, approached the Frankfort city limits, another state trooper deployed a tire deflation device, but Stuart still did not stop.

With two flat tires, he turned into a lane for oncoming traffic on Capitol Avenue, and a state trooper stopped him by forcing him to turn abruptly because of "his approaching proximity" to the state Capitol, according to the release.

Stuart was then removed from the truck and taken into custody.

He is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree driving under the influence, reckless driving, first-degree fleeing or evading police, improper passing, resisting arrest and speeding. State police said more charges are pending.

In addition to the state police, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Lawrenceburg Police Department, the Franklin County sheriff's office and the Frankfort Police Department helped in apprehending Stuart.

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