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27 NEWSFIRST Crew Helps Police Nab Fugitive

We're learning more about a fugitive from New Jersey, captured here in the bluegrass.

A 27 NEWSFIRST crew helped Winchester police track him down, after he nearly ran them off the road.

Our crew was in Winchester covering a police chase, when they witnessed another incident. A man, now identified as Robert Wenzel, in a pick-up truck crashed into the vehicle in front of them.

It all happened on Lexington Avenue near the Winchester Plaza on Monday night.

Wenzel hit a car, taking out a street sign and a fence.

He got out of his vehicle for a moment to see if everyone was all right and then started to leave the scene.

When our crew asked him to wait for police, he took off.

Our news crew called police, who arrested Wenzel after a short chase.

Wenzel was wanted out of New Jersey on terroristic threatening and wanton endangerment charges. Police say he threatened to kill his wife and child and suspect he may have been on his way there to do just that.

Investigators say he had a loaded shotgun in his truck and was driving drunk. He's charged with leaving the scene of an accident, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and careless driving here in Kentucky.

Authorities are not sure why he was in Kentucky.

Wenzel will be in court for an arraignment on Wednesday afternoon.


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