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Middlesboro man arrested after police chase

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Austin Snowden - BCDC

Friday night July 19, 2019 Kentucky State Police pursued a Middlesboro man after he attempted to avoid a checkpoint.

KSP Trooper Josh Messer reports that 25 year old Austin Snowden pulled into a driveway rather than go through am approved checkpoint. Snowden then turned off the headlights of the vehicle he was in and traveled back onto the roadway keeping all lights off. Troopers Messer and Taylor Mills then gave pursuit.

The chase traveled approximately eleven miles to the top of Fonde Mountain. Snowden failed to negotiate a sharp right-hand curve and collided with a guardrail. He exited the driver’s window and fled on foot.

Snowden was apprehended by Trooper Mills after a foot pursuit several hundred yards into the woods. The female passenger was detained, but released after learning she was simply a passenger and had no control over Mr. Snowden’s decision to flee.

Austin Snowden was transported to and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with speeding 25mph over the limit, failure to illuminate head lamps, rear license plate not illuminated, no registration plates, no registration receipt, no insurance, failure to wear seat belts, reckless driving, fleeing or evading police - 1st degree (motor vehicle),

disregarding stop sign, wanton endangerment - 1st degree - police officer, wanton endangerment - 1st degree, fleeing or evading police - 2nd degree (on foot)

resisting arrest, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drug - aggravated circumstances.

He is being held on a $75,000 cash bond.

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