Police Chase in Laurel County Results in Drug Bust

The chase started on U.S. Highway in Lily where police say Jonathan Day was clocked going 87 mph. Police say he would not stop.

“The biggest concern was that people (were) being alerted to on coming traffic. Get out of the way,” said Deputy Eddy Sizemore.

The chase turned from Highway 25 onto 25-E in Corbin. A total of five police cars from deputy sheriffs to state police joined in. Then the chase on a four-lane highway turned onto the small rural roads of KY 312 and 363.

“We’re on a two-lane road, speeds of 70 to 80 miles an hour.”

Police say Day drove 110 mph in a 45 mph zone. They say he ran six stop lights and nearly crashed into several cars.

The chase turned north, about 20 miles from the starting point police put down spikes.

“After he was spiked he went another tree miles on flats,” said Sizemore.

Then Sizemore says Day rammed his patrol car. Day and his passenger, Michele Sawyers, were arrested. Soon officers learned why the two may have been so intent on getting away.

“A substantial amount of marijuana, packaged for sale, quite a bit of money on him,” sad Sizemore describing what officers allegedly found in Day’s car.

Police say Sawyers also had a gun with her.

“We got drug dealers off the street," said Sizemore.

Police say they also found prescription pills in bags