Sheriff: Suspect tells deputies he is federal agent following high-speed chase

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SPENCER COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Police charged a Lexington man after he allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase and then claimed to be a cop and a federal agent.

The Spencer County Sheriff's Office says a deputy clocked a driver going 111-miles per hour in a 55-mile per hour zone on Wednesday afternoon. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver did not stop. According to the sheriff, the suspect drove dangerously fast through a congested area of Taylorsville before the vehicle finally stopped in a McDonald's parking lot.

Police say the suspect, identified as Robert Powell, offered them an explanation as to why he was driving that fast and what he was doing.

"Well, he claimed to be a Lexington police officer, then he claimed to be on assignment with the FBI. He did have some items such as a radio; the type of vehicle he was driving was a Crown Vic," said Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump. “I think he stuck with that story for quite some time.”

The sheriff's office determined Powell's claims to be an officer were false.

Police charged Powell with numerous offenses including fleeing or evading, impersonating an officer, carrying a concealed weapon, and wanton endangerment.

Police say while Powell does have a connection to the county, but they are still investigating what exactly he was doing in the area.

Sheriff Stump is now investigating if Powell tried to pull over any drivers. If that happened, the sheriff is asking people to send him a message on the department's Facebook page.

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