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High-speed chase ends with arrests of two men

Two Letcher County men were arrested last week after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in Blair Branch.

Whitesburg Police Sgt. Tyrone Fields said he was driving on the Whitesburg Bypass around midnight Oct. 22 when he saw a vehicle traveling at an “extreme high rate of speed with one headlight.” Fields said he turned his Crown Victoria cruiser around and attempted to stop the two-door Mitsubishi Eclipse which headed toward McDonald’s. Fields notified Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Michael Burton, who was also patrolling near McDonald’s.

“We went to Mayking, Cram Creek, Pert Creek and then came back to Whitesburg then to Jeremiah, Blair Branch and on the main top of the mountain at Arthur’s Loop,” said Fields.

Burton wrote in a citation that the driver of the Eclipse sped through traffic lights in West Whitesburg and headed toward Jeremiah at speeds of 130 miles per hour.

The passenger in the Eclipse, Creek Road, Mayking, got out of the vehicle at Arthur’s Loop and attempted to run. Burton wrote in a police citation that Nickels was Tasered after he refused to obey commands to stop. Nickels was then arrested.

Fields said the front tire of the Eclipse fell off when it reached the top of Arthur’s Loop and the car was abandoned. The driver, Matthew L. Adams, 21, of 2679 Highway 931 North, Whitesburg, turned himself into the sheriff’s department around 5 a.m. on Oct. 22. Burton wrote in a police citation that Adams “confessed to being the driver, drinking an alcoholic beverage and putting a shirt that he had caught on fire in the vehicle’s gas tank to catch the vehicle on fire.”

Adams was charged with firstdegree fleeing or evading police, speeding 26 miles over the speed limit, disregarding a traffic light, reckless driving, first-degree wanton endangerment, alcohol intoxication, first-degree arson and driving with one headlight.

Nickels was charged with second degree fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication in a public place and resisting arrest.

“It could have been a lot worse than it was,” said Fields. “Mike Burton did an excellent job.”

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