Whitesburg KY

Man charged here accused of leading police on chase



A Perry County man faces several charges after leading police on a chase through two counties.

Arrest warrants for Larry W. Ratliff, 60, of Vicco, were served September 24. The charges stem from a suspicious vehicle complaint called to Kentucky State Police Post 13 on September 19.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jerry Bailey was dispatched at 10:05 a.m. to Happy in Perry County to find a 1990 Ford F-250 truck suspected to be used in a burglary. Bailey located the truck and spoke with the driver, who produced a questionable form of identification, according to a KSP news release. When Bailey attempted to question Ratliff, police said he drove off.

Bailey pursued the 1990 Ford F- 250 truck on KY Highway 15, crossing into Knott County. Ratliff avoided a roadblock at the junction of KY HWY 160 and traveled north on KY 160 before turning onto Stillhouse Branch, an old mining haul road, in Littcarr, police said.

Officers with KSP, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and the Knott County Sheriff ’s Department terminated pursuit of the truck because of rough terrain on Stillhouse Branch.

The truck was later located, unoccupied, in a wooded area.

Further investigation led Bailey to identify Ratliff as the operator of the truck. Ratliff was located late Saturday evening in Letcher County and was arrested on pending bench warrant charges.

Bailey obtained arrest warrants on Ratliff in Perry and Knott counties for charges that include firstdegree fleeing or evading police, theft of identity of another without consent, wanton endangerment, reckless driving, and criminal mischief. Ratliff remains lodged in the Letcher County Jail, pending court proceedings.

Police said no one was injured during this incident.

A preliminary hearing for Ratliff is set for 1 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Letcher District Court.

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