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Man in custody after four county chase on Interstate 75

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is now in custody after police say he led them on a high-speed chase on Interstate 75 that covered at least 70 miles.

Police tell us the suspect was driving a van that had been reported stolen in the Richmond area. "The pursuit started when we ran a tag on the van and realized that the tags didn't match the vehicle," explains Trooper Delzie Kelly with the Kentucky State Police.

Police say they spotted the van in Madison County, just south of Richmond, but the suspect wouldn't stop. "We tried several times to pull him over but he wouldn't comply," explains Kelly. "As the pursuit furthered on more and more agencies joined in on the chase."

At one point, police say speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour. "Driving down the interstate at that speed with other civilians on the road is very dangerous, we were very concerned about the welfare of people on the road."

Police say, after they deployed stop sticks around mile marker 26 on I-75, the van finally started slowing down. "We had to use a pit maneuver to get the van to come to a full stop."

They say the van came to a stop just off of exit 25 in Corbin.

Police say the suspect, 55 year-old DJ Starlight, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Whitley County Detention Center. "We're grateful that no one got hurt in this chase. He's lucky and so are we. Situations like these sometimes don't have great endings but tonight we're all very grateful to say this one did."

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