Gallatin County, KY. (September 17, 2021) – On September 17, 2021 at approximately 2:27 am a Kentucky State Police Trooper was conducting traffic safety enforcement near the 55 mile marker in Gallatin County on Interstate 71. He observed a white Ford Fusion traveling south at a high rate of speed. The trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop on this vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop and instead accelerated. The registration displayed on the vehicle returned to a stolen Dodge Charger.
The pursuit continued along Interstate 71 through Carroll, Trimble, Henry and Oldham Counties and into Jefferson County. The fleeing vehicle exited Interstate 71 at Exit 2, Zorn Avenue. The vehicle struck a concrete curb before immediately re-entering Interstate 71. The concrete curb caused damage to the vehicle that resulted in the vehicle slowing. Legal intervention was utilized at this point and was able to bring the pursuit to an end.
Six(6) persons were apprehended without further incident, including two(2) juveniles. The juveniles were cited and released to their legal guardians. The operator of the vehicle, Frank Russell a 19 year old male of Louisville, was found to have multiple active warrants for his arrest. He was additionally charged with Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Receiving Stolen Property(firearm), Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or more, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Theft of Motor Vehicle Registration Plate, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI, and multiple traffic offenses.
James Reece, 18 year old male of Louisville, Jamya Neal, 18 year old female of Louisville, and Dasharay Bene, a 18 year old female of Louisville were all arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property(firearm) Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Open Alcohol container.
The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by Kentucky State Police Post 5 troopers.
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