Louisville man arrested, charged after high-speed interstate pursuit


A Louisville man was arrested Saturday night after reportedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit throughout Ky. 61 in Lebanon Junction and U.S. 245 toward Bardstown.

According to a citation from Kentucky State Police, the incident began near the 101-mile marker of Interstate 65 northbound in Hardin County when Reginald Buchanan, 30, refused to comply with a traffic stop prompted by an expired registration plate and a tinted cover on his license plate.

Buchanan reportedly took exit 105 toward Lebanon Junction and stopped at a Speedway. Upon pulling into the gas station parking lot, Buchanan reportedly discarded of two small, clear plastic bags.

When police attempted to conduct a felony traffic stop, Buchanan reportedly drove off at a high rate of speed on U.S. 61 and continued east toward Bardstown. During the pursuit, Buchanan allegedly reached speeds of 100 mph and discarded of another small plastic bag.

According to the citation, Buchanan eventually pulled into the parking lot of a Five Star in Bardstown and was arrested without further incident. In Buchanan’s vehicle, police reportedly found a large amount of cash, white residue, marijuana, an Oxycodone pill and several torn plastic bags. These items, along with the discarded bags were collected as evidence, the citation said.

Buchanan is being charged with several Class D felonies, punishable by one to five years in prison each, if convicted. These include first-degree wanton endangerment; first offense, first-degree trafficking less than 10 dosage units of an unspecified controlled substance; first-degree fleeing or evading police; tampering with physical evidence and use and investment of drug-related income. He also is charged with first offense trafficking less than eight ounces of marijuana and is facing several traffic-related charges.

Buchanan was lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center and was released Monday on an unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Hardin District Court Oct. 30.

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