, Corbin, KY

September 20, 2013

Whitley man arrested after Interstate 75 police chase


CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / staff writer

A Whitley County man led Corbin Police on a chase up I-75 Wednesday evening, and that chase led him to be arrested on several charges, as well as a trip to the hospital.

Steven R. Pastor, 47, of Williamsburg was charged with reckless driving, first degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, driving under the influence, first offense; first degree fleeing or evading police, expired registration plates, resisting arrest and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container.

He was arrested, but admitted to Baptist Health Corbin hospital Wednesday for medical reasons.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m.

According to Maj. Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department, officers received numerous complaints of a car being driven erratically on northbound I-75. After getting on Exit 25 of I-75 and going north, Captain Coy Wilson stopped Pastor at mile marker 28 of the Interstate. During the stop, Pastor put his car in drive and accelerated, attempting to run over Wilson.

Wilson got in his cruiser and chased after Pastor, who’s car was eventually spike stripped at mile marker 43 of I-75 in Laurel County by the Kentucky State Police.

Officers noted on the citation that Pastor was drinking from a fifth of liquor from the time of the stop, to the time he was spike stripped.

Pastor’s blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit. Because of that reason, he was admitted to the Corbin hospital.

Lt. Jason Moore and Patrolman Jeff Hill of Corbin Police assisted in the pursuit and arrest, as did KSP Post 11 in London and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.