Edmonson Voice Staff Report
A Brownsville resident caught a Bowling Green man in the act of trying to steal a utility trailer from his property around 7AM on Sunday morning which led to a police chase through the woods.
Officials said that Chris Davis, of Davis Brothers Construction, saw Matthew Lee (34) of Bowling Green attempting to steal the utility trailer from Davis' shop, located on Veterans Highway (KY HWY 259) where Davis drew his legally concealed weapon and ordered the man to freeze. He then called for law enforcement to respond. It was reported that Lee fled in a 2002 Tahoe, but chose to drive the truck over an embankment instead of on the highway.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Department, Brownsville PD, and KSP began pursuit through the woods where they found the Tahoe abandoned in a creek bed. After a 2 and a half hour search through the woods, law enforcement said they received a call that Lee had been spotted on Arthur Road, hiding in the woods.
After responding to the address on Arthur Road, they found Lee hiding in a wooded area but he reportedly ran again, and another foot pursuit began. Officials said after Lee failed to follow officer's commands to stop, he was tasered by KSP, subdued, and arrested.
Lee was charged with Burglary 3rd degree, Feeing/Evading first degree (on foot), five counts of Wanton endangerment of police officer 1st degree, and resisting arrest. Officials said more charges are pending, waiting for a Grand Jury.
Lee was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. Bond or bail information was not immediately available.