PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Deputies in Pike County say a high speed chase Saturday on an unopened road, led to the recovery of stolen items.
Officials say it all started when two deputies responded to a complaint about traffic on the new US 460 near Marrowbone Creek Road, which is not open to traffic. They say the traffic was due to a party taking place on the state property.
Chief Deputy Melvin Sayers says he came from the Marrowbone side onto the new 460, while Deputy Ross Shurtleff came from the Pikeville side.
Sayers says he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Silverado. He says once he turned on his lights the driver, 24-year-old Karrie Kendrick, took off....reaching speeds between 75-90 MPH.
Deputies say the chase spanned about 2 miles on the closed roadway, sometimes on paved portions...at other times on dirt and gravel.
Deputy Sayer says, "All three of the people in the car with her begged her to stop, one of them told me they turned the key to make her stop and she had to pull off. We then boxed her in so she couldn't go anywhere...she was very belligerent."
Deputies searched the vehicle and found two stolen utility meters belonging to Kentucky Power.
"Having one of these in your possession is a felony...There is no reason anyone should ever have one. If you do have one, there is really only one purpose you'd have one disconnected from your house, and that is to steal power," explains Sayers.
Highway Department officials say they try to keep folks off the unopened road with signs and blockades, but unfortunately they have no way of enforcing the fact that the road is closed.
Paxton Weddington says, "It is a work zone, it is still under construction...the only personnel allowed out there would be us and contractors working on the project."
It is a problem Deputy Sayers says the sheriff's office wants to help with, "We want to stop illegal activity that goes on out there because there's no houses, no lighting, no nothing."
Which is why they are now talking about charging people caught on the road with trespassing.
Officials are still trying to figure out where exactly the stolen meters came from.
Kendrick faces seven charges ranging from DUI, fleeing and evading, and receiving stolen property.
She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon.