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Vehicle Pursuit and Wanton Endangerment Investigation in Rockcastle & Laurel Counties

Date of News Release: 12/11/10

(London, Ky.) -- On Saturday December 11, 2010 at approximately 1:31 PM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London was notified that the Mount Vernon Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit traveling southbound on US 25 toward Laurel County.

The Mount Vernon Police were pursuing a black, 1998, Chevrolet, S-10 Blazer due to the driver refusing to comply with an officers signal to detour around the annual Christmas Parade, that was in progress, in downtown.

Trooper Jason Vanhook responded to the area and attempted to deploy the Stinger Tire Deflation Device at which time the suspect steered toward him. Trooper Vanhook was forced to retreat from his position to avoid being struck by the suspect vehicle.

Trooper Ryan Loudermilk, who also responded to the area, became the lead vehicle in the pursuit and as they continued to travel southbound on US 25 the two vehicles made contact causing the suspect to lose control, traveling off the eastbound shoulder of the roadway and down an embankment.

The suspect, identified as Timmy R. Coots, 38, of Smilax, KY, was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

Alcohol usage is suspected and criminal charges are pending.

Trooper Vanhook is in charge of investigation and was assisted by Trooper Ryan Loudermilk, the Mount Vernon Police Department, the Laurel County Sheriff's Department, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and the London / Laurel County Rescue Squad.

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