A Princeton man was arrested Saturday night after a nearly two-week, multi-agency manhunt ending with a car pursuit on U.S. 641, according to Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office news releases.
Jason McGregor, 28, of Princeton, is charged with speeding, 25 mph over the limit; fleeing or evading police, fist Degree; wanton endangerment, first-degree; wanton endangerment, first-degree, police officer; reckless driving; and operating on suspended or revoked drivers license, according to sheriff’s office news documents.
McGregor was also served two Caldwell County Circuit Court warrants and three Caldwell County District Court warrants.
McGregor evaded local law enforcement agencies on Sept. 28. At the time, he had several warrants, according to Lyon County Sheriff Brent White’s report.
Around 12:10 p.m., dispatch notified White of a suspicious male at an Eddyville business. Shortly after, dispatch reported a possible stolen Princeton vehicle traveling into Eddyville.
Upon investigation, White determined the observed Kia Sorento and the reported stolen Princeton vehicle were identical. After a search on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, the vehicle was confirmed stolen.
The Princeton Police Department then informed local law enforcement personnel that the operator of the stolen vehicle was reportedly armed with a gun.
White sighted the vehicle on Main Street in Eddyville, turning eastbound onto U.S. 62. He and Eddyville Police Officer Jordan Parrish attempted a traffic stop at Gill Pike Road and U.S. 62, at which point McGregor fled into Caldwell County. He then was pursued by White, Parrish, and Lyon County Deputy Joe Witherspoon, as stated in White’s report.
Once McGregor entered Caldwell County, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Eddyville Police Department personnel terminated their pursuit. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Princeton Police Department continued the pursuit, at which point it proceeded through Princeton and continued north on KY-293, where McGregor turned onto Princeton-Olney Road and advanced into Hopkins County.
Once in Hopkins County, the Kentucky State Police took over the pursuit and attempted to deflate McGregor’s vehicle’s tires. The KSP troopers’ pursuit was unsuccessful, and the pursuit stopped in Hopkins County for safety purposes, according to White’s report.
On Monday, Caldwell County Chief Deputy Chris Noel reported, “Deputy Josh Travis attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop. After a short pursuit, and assistance from the Lyon County Sheriffs’ Office, a tire deflation device was deployed and the vehicle came to a stop.”
McGregor was then arrested and lodged in the Crittenden County Jail.