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Vehicle Pursuit

Date of News Release: 11/21/2017

Owensboro, KY. (November 20, 2017) -- The Kentucky State Police received a report that a vehicle stolen in Hancock County was possibly in the Owensboro area. Troopers located the vehicle on the US 60 bypass and conducted a traffic stop at the Hawesway Truck Stop. The driver, Douglas Elwanger of Lewisport, exited the vehicle. He then reentered the vehicle and fled east on US 60. A female passenger exited the vehicle as Elwanger sped off. The pursuit ended approximately 1 mile west of Lewisport on US 60 when Elwanger pulled over and was taken in to custody. Elwanger was lodged in the Daviess County Jail and charged with the following: Fleeing or Evading, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, Receiving Stolen Property, Disorderly Conduct, Speeding, Reckless Driving, Oper Mtr Vehicle U/Influence Drugs/Alc/Etc. 1st Offense (Aggravated Circumstances). Elwanger also had a McLean County Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear and was a Fugitive from another State.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted by Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, Lewisport Police Department, and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

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