Bowling Green, Ky. (March 23, 2021) – On March 22, 2021 around 8:30 a.m. Trooper Jonathan Downs with KSP DESI West Interdiction Unit, observed a 2012 Nissan Altima traveling at a high rate of speed on I-65 near the 12 mile marker northbound. Trooper Downs activated his emergency equipment and the vehicle failed to stop.
The vehicle accelerated and continued north on I-65 into Warren County. While fleeing from law enforcement the Altima struck the side of a Ford pickup truck that was traveling north near the 22 mile marker. A tire deflation device was utilized causing the vehicle to stop near the 42 mile marker of I-65. The operator of the vehicle was identified as 18 year-old, Joel Panhalkar of Franklin, Tn. Panhalkar was taken into custody and lodged in the Warren County Jail. He was charged with the following.
- Speeding 26MPH or more
- Reckless Driving
- Fleeing or Evading 1st (Motor Vehicle)
- Wanton Endangerment 1st (Police Officer)
- Criminal Mischief 1st Degree
- Possession of Marijuana
The investigation is on going and being led by Trooper Jonathan Downs with the KSP DESI West Interdiction Unit. There were no injuries sustained in the incident.