High speed pursuit ends in Clark County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A police chase that began on I-64 in Bath County and went through three counties has ended with the suspect in custody Wednesday afternoon.

Police arrested Willie Burnett, 20, after a high speed 20-mile chase that led them to Clark County.

Police say the chase began in Bath County after police tried to stop Burnett who was driving more than 90 mph. When police attempted to make the stop, they say Burnett sped up and led them on a high speed chase.

Police then put out spike strips in an attempt to stop Burnett. They say he ran into a sign and flipped his vehicle near mile marker 96 in Clark County. But he jumped out of his car while it was still moving, suffering only minor injuries. He was treated at a Mount Sterling hospital and released. Burnett is now booked in the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Burnett then led police on a foot chase through a corn field. After a lengthy search, police eventually caught up with Burnett lying in some bushes and arrested him around 12:30 p.m.

Those were some tense couple hours for a nearby neighborhood where the corn field is basically in their backyards.

"It was quite scary, ya know?" said Norma Gough, who lives nearby and witnessed the police searching. "There was police down below, and there were two cars over there. And the helicopter went over several times, so they were really doing all that they could."

"I was surprised. I had just got back from Lexington and seen all this happening and just didn't know what was going on," said Donnie Strohacker, who also lives in that neighborhood. "My daughter lives with us, and we got a brand new grandbaby that also stays here. She's 11 weeks old, so they were both here."

Burnett is charged with fleeing and evading police, speeding, and possession of marijuana. State police tell us more charges could be pending against him. He also has an outstanding warrant for carrying a concealed deadly weapon because he skipped his court hearing for that charge. That happened last week.

This isn't Burnett's first police chase. He also led police on a chase just two years ago in Lexington. That was when he fled the scene of an accident he was involved in. He served time after that as well.

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