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UPDATE: Man accused of leading high speed chase in jail

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

A Lawrence County police chase ended in a crash near a Martin County business Monday afternoon.

Nickolas Marcum

INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - Update (7-24-13):

The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center website reports Nickolas Marcum was booked there just before 9:30pm Tuesday.

No word on where he was found.

Original story (7-23-13):

A Lawrence County police chase ended in a crash near a Martin County business Monday afternoon.

The accident sent at least two people to the hospital including a child.

The man who led the chase faces felony charges but is still on the run.

Monday was just another day at Evans Hardware in Inez, but it quickly took a turn for the worse.

"It was just a normal day at work. I heard a big explosion and came out, seen the police there," said Evans Hardware employee Ian Bertling.

A car crashed in the parking lot, but what employees did not know was what led it there.

"We received a call from dispatch that we had a car headed towards Martin County coming from Lawrence County with possible stolen items in the car," said Martin County Sheriff Garmon Preece.

Deputies tried to pull that car over in Lawrence County, but they say the driver, Nickolas Marcum, sped away starting a chase that spanned two counties and ending at the hardware store in Martin County.

Witnesses say the driver sped into the parking lot, slammed into a couple of parked cars, then took off running into the hills.

The surveillance video show the car crash and the driver run off leaving his girlfriend behind.

"He hit the hills, and we never did locate him," said Preece.

She was taken to the hospital.

Another little boy was also injured in the crash, but officials say it could have been worse.

"There was three or four people in the parking lot. If the grandpa hadn't pushed the boy out of the way the boy could have gotten killed," said Preece.

Police are still searching for Marcum and ask for anyone with information to contact them.

Officials are not releasing the injured child's name.

He was taken to huntington to be treated for his injuries.

Police say Marcum would have been charged with just misdemeanors, but once caught he will now face several felony charges.


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