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Vehicle Pursuit in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 03/23/2012

(Corbin, KY) -- On Friday March 23rd 2012 at approximately 01:00 A.M. Officer Mike Hamblin of the Kentucky State Police-Vehicle Enforcement was conducting a traffic safety check point on KY770 near the Laurel Lake Bridge in Laurel County.

During the check point, officers observed a 1997 Ford Ranger nearly hit the Laurel Lake Bridge, and then almost hitting officers that were conducting the safety check point. The offender 29 year old Jonathan Garland of London sped off leading officers on a high speed chase through southern Laurel County.

The chase went down KY770 to KY312 and then onto KY552 with speeds reaching over 90 MPH. The chase came to an end when Garland's vehicle became disabled after leaving the roadway, hitting a fence, and coming to rest against a brick mailbox.

After the crash, a short foot chase took place were officer Hamblin caught Garland and arrested him without further incident and lodged in Laurel County Detention Center. Two other passengers were also in the vehicle and arrested. Clover R. Salyer 26 yrs London was charged with Public Intoxication and Eddie Davis Jr 26 years London was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot 2nd.

Drugs and alcohol are factors in the incident, and no one involved were wearing seat belts at the time of chase and collision. Garland's charged with: Speeding, Wanton Endangerment 1st-Police Officer, Fleeing or Evading Police, Operating on Suspended License, DUI 2nd , Criminal Mischief 3rd, Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle and Failure to Wear Seat Belt.

Assist on scene: KSP Sgt Bill Elliotte, CVE Ofc. Rob Mitchell, Laurel Co Sheriff's Department, Laurel Co Constables Office. Officer Hamblin continues the investigation.

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