Edmonson Voice Staff
Local law enforcement set up a traffic safety checkpoint last night at KY HWY 70 near Riverhill and had been stationed only ten minutes when a late model pickup came through with two different license plates.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, when officers asked the driver about the plates, the driver, Jason L Dague, 34, Leitchfield, became nervous and acted suspiciously. Officers said he showed several signs of being under the influence. When the officers reportedly asked him to turn off the truck and exit the vehicle, Dague stomped the gas, spun tires, and a high speed pursuit began.
Kentucky State Police, Edmonson County Sheriff, and Brownsville Police reportedly chased Dague into Grayson County at speeds in excess of 100mph. KSP post 4 in Elizabethtown and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office then became involved and troopers deployed spike strips where all four of Dague's truck tires were punctured.
Officials said the Dague crashed in the yard of St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Clarkson, where he then fled on foot. He was captured about 100 yards from the crash site, according to officials
Dague was arrested and also found to be wanted on a parole violation out of Indiana, in addition to being charged with:
Officials said they found what appeared to be meth inside the truck and that Dague appeared to be under the influence of meth. He was first transported to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center then to Hart County Jail.
"This is why we conduct local traffic safety checkpoints with our local KSP and city officers," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "It's a valuable tool in fighting drivers under the influence and helping rid our county of drugs. Luckily, no one was hurt during the pursuit. We're glad that we have all local law enforcement agencies working together here, and that we also have a great working relationship with agencies in Grayson County, too."