Amy Lindsey | GC News-GazetteDakota Wheat allegedly stole a KSP cruiser on Jan. 24, pled not guilty to 10 charges on Jan. 25 and will be sent to the Grand Jury on March 6.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Dakota Wheat allegedly stole a KSP cruiser on Jan. 24, pled not guilty to 10 charges on Jan. 25 and will be sent to the Grand Jury on March 6.

Dakota Wheat, the Cub Run man who allegedly stole a Kentucky State Police cruiser from Hart County and crashed it in Leitchfield, pleaded not guilty to several charges during his Jan. 25 arraignment, and his case will be presented to the Grayson County Grand Jury next month.

Wheat pleaded not guilty to the charges of Wanton Endangerment in the 1st Degree; Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer in the 1st Degree; Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree; Reckless Driving; Fleeing or Evading Police in the 1st Degree, Motor Vehicle; Fleeing or Evading Police in the 1st Degree, on foot; Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs w/.08. Aggravator, 1st Offense; Impersonating a Peace Officer; Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer in the 1st Degree; and Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree.

According to Wheat's arrest citation, he allegedly stole a Kentucky State Police (KSP) cruiser from Hart County, near Wax, on Jan. 24 after being arrested for allegedly stealing and passing out in another vehicle.

The arrest citation states that Wheat was allegedly driving the stolen cruiser more than 100 miles per hour (mph) when he ran over spike strips, placed by a KSP Trooper, approximately one mile south of Leitchfield, coming within five feet of a State Trooper and Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins.

According to the arrest citation, the stolen cruiser ran over the spike

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strips, but continued toward Leitchfield, where it hit the back of a pickup truck, driven by David Kerr, just before entering town, leaving both vehicles severely damaged.

Then, Wheat allegedly exited the vehicle and fled on foot, running approximately 100 yards toward Commerce Drive before being apprehended by Leitchfield Police Officers Newton and Overton, according to the arrest citation.

The arrest citation states that both alcohol and drugs were involved, and a blood alcohol test is pending.

According to the arrest citation, Wheat allegedly said he never got under 100 mph, at one point was traveling 140 mph, and he thought he was going 100 mph when he hit the truck.

The arrest citation also stated that Wheat allegedly admitted that he would test positive for methamphetamine, marijuana and Klonopin.

It said that, when asked why he stole the cruiser, Wheat allegedly said he wanted to see his kids and smoke a cigarette.

At Wheat's preliminary hearing on Feb. 1, Judge Shan Embry found probable cause for the case to be presented to the Grand Jury. This case will be heard by the Grand Jury when it convenes on March 6, 2018.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Dakota Wheat allegedly stole a KSP cruiser on Jan. 24, pled not guilty to 10 charges on Jan. 25 and will be sent to the Grand Jury on March 6.

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Dakota W. Wheat