An early-morning police chase that began in Pulaski County ended about 40 miles later in Danville on Thursday, police said. The chase at times exceeded 100 mph.
When it was over, Christopher H. Smith, 31, of Nancy was arrested on several charges, including wanton endangerment, reckless driving and fleeing police.
About 12:30 a.m., Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff Charles Boston responded to a 911 call of a man brandishing a handgun in the front yard of a home on Rainwater Lane in Nancy. Boston observed the suspect driving off in a Ford Windstar minivan.
After a short pursuit, the driver got out of the van and ran back to the home, trying to get in. . When that was unsuccessful, he went into a field, and police began a search with a dog.
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During that search, police received a report that a red 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck had been stolen from a home on Hopeful School Road. The suspect had brandished a handgun and fired the weapon at three men in the parking lot of the Family Dollar Store in Nancy.
A pursuit began on several Pulaski County roads and then onto U.S. 27 through Science Hill and into Lincoln County.
Danville police said they were informed about 2:30 a.m. about the inbound police pursuit. Pulaski County deputies were traveling toward Danville from Stanford on U.S. 150.
Danville police met the pursuit near the intersection of the Danville bypass and Gose Pike. Danville police Capt. Todd Davis put spike strips across the road, deflating the fleeing vehicle’s tires.
After traveling a short distance, the vehicle pulled into a Kroger parking lot, where Pulaski deputies arrested Smith.
Smith was charged with first-degree burglary, auto theft, driving under the influence, two counts of fleeing police (by vehicle and on foot), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving and speeding.
Smith was being held in the Pulaski County jail.