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Deputies: Tenn. Man Arrested In Ky. After 2-State Chase

Posted at 5:53 AM, Jan 08, 2019

CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD) — Investigators say a Memphis man led law enforcement officers on a chase Monday morning that ended in west Kentucky.

The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office says it was notified at 10:52 a.m. that a man who led Henry County, Tenn., officers on a car chase on U.S. 641 was leaving Tennessee and entering Kentucky.

Calloway County deputies found the vehicle suspected in the chase just south of Murray, headed north. Deputies say the car almost hit a cruiser head-on at one point during the chase.

Eventually, after turns onto multiple streets in the area, the vehicle ended up on Kirkwood Drive in Murray. There the driver — who deputies say was later identified as Vencie Bell Jr. — stopped, got out of the car, and ran from the scene.

A short while later, deputies stopped a different suspicious vehicle in the area. Deputies say Bell asked that person to find him and pick him up. At that point, deputies, Murray police, and Kentucky State Police troopers began a house-to-house search for Bell. He was found in the 1300 block of Peggy Ann Drive by a Murray police officer.

Steger took Bell into custody, and he was charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, a charge of first-degree fleeing or evading police in vehicle, a charge of second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, and reckless driving.

He was also charged with giving an officer false identifying information, driving with a suspended license, speeding 26 mph or greater in a restricted zone, and five counts of disregarding a stop sign.