KSP: Man arrested, charged with murder after police chase ends on I-75 with body in car

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Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 11:46 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 3:09 PM EST
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A body was found in the backseat of the car involved in a police chase that ended on I-75 Wednesday morning, according to Kentucky State Police.

The man who was driving that car, 54-year-old David Maurice Reed of St. Petersburg, Fla., was arrested shortly after the chase concluded.

David Maurice Reed is accused of killing a woman, then leading KSP troopers on a high speed...
David Maurice Reed is accused of killing a woman, then leading KSP troopers on a high speed chase down Interstate 75 Wednesday afternoon.(Kentucky State Police)

KSP says the chase started Wednesday morning in Madison County and ended in the southbound lanes of I-75 in Laurel County near mile marker 45. Troopers originally approached the driver and he quickly sped off through Madison, Rockcastle, and Laurel Counties. While Reed was attempting to get away from troopers, he hit several KSP vehicles.

The police chase stopped traffic in Laurel County as authorities investigated, but I-75 was later reopened Wednesday afternoon.

WKYT viewer video showing end of police chase

KSP troopers says a woman’s body was found in the backseat of the car. The identity of that woman is not yet known.

“At this time, all of that is still under investigation. We don’t the location of where she passed away at or where the crime may have been committed. That part is still under investigation. As this investigation continues we may find that information out,” Trooper Scottie Pennington said Wednesday afternoon. Troopers also say that foul play is suspected and the body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

Reed is charged with murder-domestic violence, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, wanton endangerment of a police officer, careless driving, resisting arrest, and no operator’s license.