High-speed chase traverses 4 counties


A Paducah man is facing numerous charges after leading police on a Sunday morning pursuit through several counties in excess of 120 mph at times.

Damontex D. Brown, 28, was arrested about a half-hour after a Kentucky State Trooper observed a blue 2020 Hyundai Elantra driven by the suspect and traveling at a high rate of speed down Interstate 24 in Lyon County. Trooper Nathaniel Day reportedly activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to pull over Brown, but terminated the pursuit as a precautionary measure when the suspect continued toward the city limits of Eddyville.

A short time later, Lyon County Sheriff's Deputy Seth P'Pool reportedly observed the suspect vehicle in Caldwell County on his way into work and began to pursue. Day rejoined the pursuit as the vehicle exited Interstate 69 onto I-24 and traveled westbound. The pursuit continued on the interstate into Marshall County.

Kentucky State Police notified Marshall County Sheriff's Department and deputies staged at the 25-mile marker with tire deflation devices. The suspect vehicle struck the spike strips and after traveling a short distance, the vehicle came to a stop, at which point Brown allegedly fled on foot. After a short foot chase, he was subdued with a Taser and apprehended.

In addition to Lyon, Caldwell and Marshall counties, the pursuit went through Livingston County.

He is charged with various offenses from three different agencies, including first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, third-degree criminal mischief, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and several other traffic violations.

Brown was lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.

According to Lyon County Sheriff's Department, the man has a previous felony conviction from a similar 2015 pursuit in McCracken County where he received a three-year prison sentence. He has been convicted of driving on a suspended license 10 times since 2012.