London Police engage in high-speed pursuit

LONDON KY—On Wednesday, May 2nd London Police conducted a traffic stop on McFadden Lane at 10:39 p.m. that led to a high-speed pursuit and ended in an arrest.

Christopher K. Joseph, 30, of London was a passenger in the vehicle being pulled over. Police discovered he had a parole warrant out of Laurel County and when asked to step out of the vehicle, he rolled up the window and locked the door. He then slid into the driver’s lap attempting to gain control of the vehicle.

While attempting to shove the driver out of the vehicle, he placed the vehicle in reverse and backed into K-9 Ofc. Bormann’s cruiser. Joseph’s actions created an immediate threat of serious injury or threat to officers standing in close proximity. Officers then broke the passenger side window and attempted to stop him.

Joseph then shoved the driver out of the vehicle and Police engaged in high-speed pursuit from East 3rd Street to North Hill Street, and East 6th Street to North Mill Street. He then turned the vehicle’s lights off and turned left onto West 7th Street. At the intersection of Parman and West 7th Street, he entered a driveway of a residence and struck two parked vehicles, one of which was occupied by Constable Chris Webb.

He then exited his vehicle and fell on the road where he resisted arrest. He stated to officers that he ingested methamphetamine and had been using it all day.

K-9 Ofc. Bormann arrested Joseph and charged him with first-degree fleeing or evading police, four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, tampering with physical evidence, reckless driving, resisting arrest, first and second degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault, speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, six counts of disregarding a stop sign, failure to wear a seat-belt, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, and failure to illuminate head lamps. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Assisting in the arrest was Ofc. Daryl Zanet, Ofc. Patrick Nunley, and Constable Chris Webb.