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Spike strips to end chase, taser to control suspect

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Jimmy Canada - KCDC

Corbin Police were forced to use spike strips and a Taser to end a high speed chase and take the driver into custody early Monday morning January 21, 2019.

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Police arrested Jimmy Canada, 41, of Williamsburg, following the pursuit that began near the intersection of U.S. 25W and the Corbin bypass and ended on Watch Road off of U.S. 25E.


Corbin Police Officer Wade Mitchell stated in the arrest citation that the incident began about 1:45 a.m. when he saw a 2008 Dodge Charger, driven by Canada with one headlight not working.


Mitchell followed the vehicle across the bypass, attempting to make a traffic stop near the Knox County line.


“I pursued the subject with lights and siren activated across the bypass then onto Watch Rd. after subject ran through the red light at 25E,” Mitchell wrote. “Subject continued onto Ohler Rd where Sgt. (James) Miller was able to deploy a tire deflation device successfully.”


Despite that, Mitchell stated that the pursuit continued on Ohler Road, back onto 25E, over Master Street, and then across Ky. 1232 to the bypass, and finally onto Watch Road again.

“Subject (Canada) drove at a very high rate of speed and on the wrong side of the road multiple times during the pursuit,” Mitchell stated.


Miller noted in the arrest citation that on several occasions, speeds reached in excess of 80 mph. The vehicle pursuit ended when Canada drove into a field off of Watch Road, after which he reportedly attempted to flee on foot.


Despite multiple commands to stop and get on the ground, Mitchell stated that Canada failed to comply. When he finally did stop, he refused commands to get on the ground.

“I had to force the subject (Canada) to the ground where he tucked his left arm under his body and refused commands to put them behind his back.


Officers used a Taser to force Canada to comply and secure him in handcuffs.


He was charged with speeding – 26 mph or greater over the limit, one headlight, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, disregarding a traffic control device, driving on a DUI suspended license, second-degree fleeing or evading police, and resisting arrest.


In addition, Canada was served with an outstanding bench warrant, charging him with contempt of court.


Canada is being held in the Knox County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond, and is subject to home incarceration upon his release.


In addition, a $7,500 cash bond has been set in the contempt of court case.

Canada is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Knox District Court.

Corbin Police Officer Lonnie Sawyers assisted at the scene.

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