Multi-county chase lands man behind bars

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Zachary Lockhart was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after a police chase.

The chase started in downtown Harlan, traveled to Whitesburg and then back across the Harlan County line.

"He was ramming police cars, he was driving dangerously running people off the roadway. His mentality was like an animal, to escape no matter what the cost was," said Harlan Police Chief Winston Yeary.

Police say Lockhart drove away after hitting two stopped vehicles.

"The vehicles were stopped and the impact actually pushed them approximately 4 to 6 feet from where they originally stopped at," said Harlan police officer George Young.

They finally stopped him just 2 miles across the Harlan County line.

Multiple departments were involved in the chase including city, county and state police.

"It was a joint effort because none of us have enough men to do it by ourselves, but all of us working together we can do the job," said Yeary.

Lockhart was taken to the hospital after his arrest.

He is now in the Harlan County Detention Center.

He is facing multiple charges including: assault 2nd degree, wanton endangerment, operating a vehicle under the influence, leaving scene of accident, fleeing or evading police 1st degree, criminal mischief 1st degree, failure to wear seat belts, failure of maintaining insurance, and reckless driving.

Original Story
A multi-county chase involving multiple police agencies landed one man behind bars in Harlan County.

Police tell us it all started while officers were investigating a hit-and-run that happened near the Huddle House in Harlan Wednesday afternoon.

Officers in the area were on the lookout for the driver of a pickup truck that they believed was responsible.

Police later spotted the unnamed suspect in Cumberland. That is when he took off.

The suspect allegedly led police on an hour-long chase through Whitesburg. It ended back at the Letcher-Harlan County line.

Officials have not yet released the name of the suspect.

We have a reporter headed to the area and will update this story as we learn more.

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