Police: Theft complaint leads to high-speed chase and charges in Pike County

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Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 7:49 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 9:03 AM EDT
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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - One Pike County man is facing charges following an early morning police chase.

Officials with Pikeville Police tell WYMT just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, their officers received a report of the man trying to steal tools out of the back of a pickup truck.

When they found and confronted the suspect in the case, Travis Reynolds, 40, of Pikeville, he took off in his car, leading officers on a pursuit through Coal Run and onto Cowpen Road.

According to the arrest citation, when Reynolds turned around, he “tried to hit [the arresting officer] head on,” before crashing and fleeing on foot.

“While on Cowpen, the subject turned around began to come back out of the Cowpen area, toward 23. He had a small collision and disabled his vehicle on a bridge,” said PPD Officer Tommy Fouts. “Then jumped out and ran into a wooded area, where he just bedded down and was hiding from officers.”

Officers were then able to find and arrest Reynolds without further incident.

WYMT viewer Cody Chapman captured the video below on a Nest camera at his house on Cowpen Road in the Coal Run community of the chase and shared it with us.

Video Courtesy: Cody Chapman

Reynolds is charged with DUI, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, menacing, theft by unlawful taking, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, speeding, driving on a suspended license and a few other charges.

He is being held at the Pike County Detention Center.

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