Man led officers on high speed chase


By Portia Williams

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FLATWOODS, Ky. — Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a high speed chase Sunday morning which began in Flatwoods, Ky. at 2:30 a.m. The vehicle was driven by Andrew L. Williams, 26, of Buckhannon, W.Va. Williams who reportedly had a victim held captive in vehicle at the time of the chase.

The Flatwoods Police Department (PD) began to pursue the vehicle driven by Williams, after it was spotted by authorities going up and down streets in Flatwoods, and cutting through yards of residential and commercial properties. It is reported that Williams was driving recklessly at approximately 60 miles per hour throughout the city of Flatwoods, ignoring traffic signals, stop signs and traveling up to at least 80 miles per hour.

Officers from the Flatwoods Police Department and the Greenup County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit of Williams’ in Flatwoods. Williams ran into the right side of Russell, Ky. police officer’s cruiser, causing motor damage.

Stop strips had to be deployed along a roadway on US 23, leaving two of the subject’s tires flattened, but Williams continued driving the vehicle. As more law enforcement agencies joined in, the pursuit continued through Flatwoods up to Raceland Hill, where Williams switched from going northbound in the northbound lane, to going northbound in the southbound lane towards oncoming traffic.

Reports reveal the chase came to an end after Williams lost control of his vehicle, and drove off of the left hand side of the road, coming to rest in close vicinity to the John Deere store in Wurtland, Ky. The kidnapping victim, along with Williams was transported to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. for treatment.

Authorities said the kidnapping victim was released, and Williams was arrested and transported to the Greenup County Detention Center. Williams has been charged with the

The kidnapping victim’s name is being withheld by the Flatwoods PD, as the investigation of the case is ongoing. A detainer was sent from the West Virginia Probation and Parole for Williams who is on parole in the state of West Virginia, according to Flatwoods PD.

In Greenup County, Ky. Williams has been charged with one count of fleeing and evading police in a motor vehicle, first degree, reckless driving, seven counts of wanton endangerment, first degree which is a felony. Williams has also been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief first degree, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property under $10,000, as the vehicle that he was driving was stolen from West Virginia, and unlaw imprisonment, first degree.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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