High Speed Police Chase Through Four Counties

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Dramatic video shows a high speed chase through four counties that ended with a crash.

Police were chasing a man, who turned out to be a suspect in a deadly hit and run accident in Boyd County.

The 20-mile pursuit ended in Magoffin County.

Late Friday night, police say Jimmie Ward's vehicle sped past an officer responding to a traffic violation in Johnson County, nearly hitting the police cruiser.

Police didn't know at the time this vehicle was allegedly involved in a hit and run until they found something disturbing on the car.

“I activated my emergency lights in attempt to stop him from failing to yield to a stopped vehicle,” Jason Arms said.

After the driver refused to stop, Paintsville Police requested back up from Kentucky State Police and the Magoffin County Sheriff's Department.

Police were following Ward at speeds between 50 and 80 miles per hour.

“At that point I radioed Sheriff Bob Jordan with Magoffin County Sheriff's Department and requested he come around me and take the lead due to the fact that I was unfamiliar with the territory,” Arms said.

“The vehicle was traveling west, but was doing most of the driving in the eastbound lane, which had me worried about oncoming traffic. Thank God we didn't meet a vehicle on route 40,” Sheriff Jordan said.

As the vehicle traveled through downtown Prestonsburg, Sheriff Jordan knew this dangerous chase needed to end.

Police hit Ward's left bumper, knocking his vehicle out of control. After he crashed... He was arrested and taken to jail.

Jimmie Ward will be back in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

When asked about the blood and other matter on his vehicle, Ward first told police he hit a deer, but police say he later confessed to the hit and run in Boyd County.

Police say 50-year-old Robert Samples of Ashland died as a result of the hit and run.


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