Domestic dispute call leads to felony arrest, man wanted in two counties


An Elizabethtown man who had warrants in two counties for multiple felony charges was arrested Friday evening after a domestic dispute call.

Jeffery Lucas, 50, of Eliza­beth­town, was arrested at 9:23 p.m. Friday after Elizabethtown police were called to the Home Depot parking lot to respond to a possible domestic dispute.

Lucas was charged with first offense, first-­degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot.

Lucas had three outstanding warrants, two from Hardin County and another from Bullitt County.

The Hardin County warrant, issued on Aug. 9, charged Lucas with nine additional charges including two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, two counts of first-degree un­law­ful impri­son­ment and first-­degree fleeing or evading police on foot and in a motor vehicle.

According to the warrant, Lucas was speeding on U.S. 31W going south near the Patton Museum. A Kentucky State Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Bullion Boulevard. when Lucas refused to stop and nearly caused a head on accident, among other traffic violations, the warrant said.

The warrant states Lucas’ wife called 911 and could be heard trying to get her husband to let herself and her daughter out of the car.

When Lucas stopped the car, the warrant said he ran into the woods on foot and the police could not locate him at that time.

A Hardin County bench warrant for fourth-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, dated Dec. 21, 2018, also was served when he was arrested Friday.

The warrant for Bullitt County, dated March 2, charged Lucas with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, intimidating a participant in the legal process and operating a vehicle on a suspended license.

The warrant stated Lucas failed to stop for law enforcement and restrained another person in circumstances that exposed them to possible injury.

When Lucas reached his destination, he got out of his car and ran away on foot. The warrant stated he left the vehicle in drive with another person in the car.

According to the warrant, the passenger had asked be let out and Lucas refused and would not let her call 911.

First-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and intimidating a participant in the legal process are class D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted. First offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine is a Class D felony punishable by one to three years in prison, if convicted.

Lucas is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 cash bond. He has a video arraignment Monday in Hardin Distinct Court.

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