Two men were arrested early Monday morning after allegedly trying to steal more than $10,000 from an ATM they cut with a torch.
Officers in Williamsburg responded to Forcht Bank Monday morning at 12:30 a.m. after receiving a report that the ATM was smoking, police said. The officers observed a pick-up truck parked at a nearby Super 8 Hotel exit the parking lot at a high rate of speed as they were at the bank, according to police.
The suspects fled west on Ky. 92 and turned north on Interstate 75, reaching speeds of 125 mph, police said. The chase continued for nine miles until Kentucky State Police troopers deployed spike strips that brought the vehicle to a stop.
Michael Parks, 36, and Jeremy Ellison, 37, were taken into custody without incident, according to the Williamsburg Police Department. A search of their vehicle revealed burglary tools such as drills, cutting torches, acetylene tanks and a handgun.
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Parks and Ellison were each charged with criminal mischief, attempted theft over $10,000, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, fleeing or evading police and possession of burglary tools, police said. Ellison was also charged with several traffic violations.
They have been lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.