A Virginia fugitive was arrested late Saturday night in Laurel County after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen police cruiser.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Sunday that Donald Fox III, 18, of Fort Valley, Va., was arrested on U.S. 25 about 10 miles south of London about 12:15 a.m. after a wild police chase that began after Fox was involved in a traffic accident.
Police were called to an accident on U.S. 25 and U.S. 25 East. Fox, who was driving a 1996 Toyota Camry that was believe to be stolen, ran a red light and struck another vehicle. According to the Laurel County sheriff's department, Fox did not stop and kept driving an additional two miles until his car stopped working. Laurel County Constable Denver Mays located Fox's vehicle, saw Fox and followed him on foot. Fox then stole Mays' police vehicle and led police on a pursuit on U.S. 25, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, police said.
Police tried to outwit Fox, but Fox could hear police officers talking on the police radio in Mays' car, according to a written release.
To stop pursuing police officers, Fox even drove in the opposing lane of traffic on U.S. 25, reaching speeds of 128 miles per hour and even passing an ambulance, according to the report. At Ky. 2392, about 9 miles south of London, Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Ashurst tried to stop Fox's vehicle by pulling in front of him. Ashurst exited his vehicle and Fox tried to run him over, police said. Ashurst fired three rounds into Fox's rear tires to get him to stop. Fox continued until Ashurst, back in his cruiser, was able to strike the rear of Fox's vehicle and disable it.
Fox then exited the passenger door and jumped over a guard rail. Ashurst used his taser to subdue Fox, Laurel County sheriff's deputies said. Fox, who was determined to be under the influence, was placed into custody.
He was first taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the car crash. He was later lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center where he faces a host of Kentucky charges including: attempted murder of a police officer, being a fugitive from another state, fleeing or evading police second degree, leaving the scene of an accident, wanton endangerment and other charges.
Fox is wanted in Virginia in connection to an accident that led to the death or serious injury of another person, Laurel County sheriff's deputies said Sunday. More details regarding the Virginia charges were not available Sunday.