Local man arrested after pursuit

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com


A Leitchfield man was arrested Saturday night, Feb. 20 following a pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

At approximately 8:47 p.m. on Saturday, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 3, out of Bowling Green, was conducting a traffic safety checkpoint alongside the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) and Brownsville Police Department (BPD) at the intersection of KY 259 and KY 70 West in Edmonson County.

While doing so, law enforcement made contact with Jason Dague, 34, of Leitchfield, whom was operating a 1992 Chevrolet pick-up, according to a KSP news release.

While law enforcement was checking Dague’s information, he fled the checkpoint in his vehicle and continued northbound on KY 259 into Grayson County, the release states.

The pursuit ended on Saint Anthony Road where a KSP Post 4 Trooper had set up a tire deflation device that was struck by the Chevrolet.

“The spike strip was successful, and the tires of Dague’s vehicle deflated where he continued a short distance further before running off the roadway and stopping in a ditch,” KSP Trooper B.J. Eaton wrote in the release.

Dague then fled the scene on foot but was apprehended a short distance later and taken into custody, according to the release.

Upon taking Dague into custody, law enforcement discovered he had a warrant out of Indiana where he was entered as fugitive for a parole violation, the release states.

“Also during the investigation, Dague was found to be under the influence and in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia,” Eaton wrote.

Dague was arrested, lodged in the Hart County Jail, and charged with Fugitive From Another State; Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle); Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (On Foot); Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, 1st Offense; Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree; Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree (Police Officer); Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine); Drug Paraphernalia Possession; Resisting Arrest; Speeding 26 MPH or More; Improper Passing; and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.

There was a female passenger in the Chevrolet at the time of the pursuit, but she was neither arrested nor injured.

The investigation into this incident, as of Sunday, Feb. 21, was ongoing and being led by KSP Trooper First Class Chris Newkirk. Newkirk was assisted by the ECSD, BPD, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and KSP Post 4 out of Elizabethtown.


By Matt Lasley


Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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