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February 24, 2014

N.C man indicted for multi-county car chase

Laurel County grand jury hands down indictments

CORBIN — Published Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A North Carolina man arrested in Laurel County in November following a multi-county car chase has now been indicted.

Shaun Dirkach, 37, of Jacksonville, N.C., allegedly evaded state police after they began to pursue him in Rockcastle County. Dirkach, driving a 2014 Ford Mustang, had caught the attention of law enforcement when he was allegedly clocked by KSP Trooper Eric Moore going more than 100 mph on I-75, and they pursued him north to Exit 76 in Berea.

KSP troopers failed to catch him in Berea, and Dirkach allegedly returned to I-75, this time heading south. KSP troopers chased Dirkach through Rockcastle County and into Laurel County without any signs of slowing down, according to Kentucky State Police dispatcher Joe Jones. Just a few miles from Exit 41 in London, police deflated two of Dirkach’s tires with two separate tire deflation devices — but Dirkach allegedly continued toward London, according to Jones.

Troopers feared Dirkach’s alleged dangerous driving would endanger others on I-75, and when nobody else was in the vicinity, troopers used a tactical maneuver to force him off the road, Jones said. Dirkach’s vehicle struck a barrier and came to a complete stop. He was arrested by KSP Trooper Brandon Creekmore.

On Friday, in Laurel County Circuit Court with Judge Tom Jensen presiding, Dirkach was officially named on a nine-count indictment for charges incurred that day — Nov. 14.

The first count on his indictment charges him with first-degree fleeing or evading the police after he allegedly failed to obey the signals of a trooper to stop his vehicle. The second count indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly swerved at a cruiser driven by Creekmore, creating a danger of serious injury or death to Creekmore. The third count indicts him for another count of first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly wantonly, and with manifest indifference to human life, swerved his vehicle forms die to side and passing on all sides of the road, creating a danger of serious physical injury or death to other motorists. The fourth count indicts Dirkach for first-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged a KSP cruiser during the alleged pursuit. The fifth count indicts him for speeding after he was allegedly clocked at driving 96 mph in a 70 mph zone. The sixth count indicts him for reckless driving. The seventh count indicts him for improper passing, the eighth count indicts him for resisting arrest. The ninth count indicts him for improper lane usage.

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