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April 15, 2014

Two arrested after high speed chase

Fire departments called after suspects’ burning vehicle sets 30 acres of land on fire

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Two people from East Bernstadt were arrested Monday morning following a car chase, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Roger Vaughn, 55, was driving a gold Chevrolet Silverado with passenger Doren Napier, 46, along KY 490 when they were discovered by deputies Mikey Ashurst and Tyler Morris, who were attempting to locate Vaughn after he allegedly fled a domestic assault Sunday.

Vaughn was driving a vehicle that was possibly stolen, according to Root. Deputies pulled behind the vehicle, but Vaughn accelerated to speeds of over 90 mph in an attempt to evade police, Root said.

The chase continued as Vaughn turned onto Patton Road, Redford Road, and Sam Black Road where he traveled down an all-terrain vehicle trail toward Callahan Falls. Deputies followed Vaughn as far as they could, then continued the chase on foot, Root said.

When Vaughn’s vehicle was located, smoke was coming from the cab of the truck. Deputies found a bottle of Zippo lighter fluid on the floorboards with flames coming from it. According to Root, the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames, which spread to the hillside. Local fire departments called to the scene said the fire spread to about 30 acres of land.

Deputies requested the Kentucky State Police Post 11’s K-9 unit to track the suspects. Trooper First Class Dallas Eubanks arrived with his dog and found Napier hiding in the woods. Vaughn was found after an extensive search, and he reportedly told deputies he had been using methamphetamine for several days. According to Root, Vaughn added he always runs from the police.

Napier was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, second-degree arson, resisting arrest, and public intoxication–controlled substances.

Vaughn was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police–motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, speeding 26 mph or more over the speed limit, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree arson, and numerous traffic violations.

Vaughn and Napier were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Assisting at the scene were Sgt. Brett Reeves, Deputy Brandon Broughton, East Bernstadt Fire Department, Crossroads Fire Department, Laurel County Fire Department, and Eco Tech, which provided bulldozer and Bobcat machines.

The investigation continues.


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