A Hillview man reportedly led Kentucky State Police on a chase early Thursday morning, ending with his arrest on multiple charges.
According to an arrest citation, Ronald Chowning, 26, was spotted on First Street failing to signal when making a right-hand turn onto U.S. 31W north of Elizabethtown. When a KSP trooper caught up to the vehicle, he made a right turn onto Ky. 434 with no signal, the citation said.
After officers tried to alert the driver first with lights and then with a siren, the citation said, Chowning began driving at a high rate of speed in an attempt to flee.
Chowning continued turning onto other roads including Colesburg Road and Youngers Creek Road until he reached the intersection of Ky. 52, lost control of the vehicle and ran off on foot.
When he was caught and searched, officers allegedly found two bags of methamphetamine along with numerous new bags and digital scales with residue consistent with methamphetamine, the citation reports.
Chowning admitted to LaRue County EMS he had used methamphetamine, the citation said.
Kentucky State Police officers reported on the citation the chase placed them in risk of death or serious injury because of the driver’s reckless driving.
Chowning medically was cleared by EMS at the scene and lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.
He is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, second-degree fleeing or evading police, second or greater offense first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and multiple traffic offenses including speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence.
First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted. Second offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance is a Class B felony, punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Chowning is being held in lieu of a $75,000 cash bond and is due to appear Nov. 1 in Hardin District Court.