Update: Second suspect in multi-county, high-speed chase arrested

Published: Dec. 4, 2019 at 5:59 PM EST
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December 13, 2019

Laurel County Sheriff's deputies found the second suspect in a high-speed chase that happened more than a week ago.

Deputies tried to pull over an SUV for speeding on December 4 when a high-speed chase ensued. The SUV crashed in Jackson County, where one man reportedly assaulted a deputy while the other ran into the woods.

On Dec. 13, the sheriff's office learned that the man who ran away, James Ray Simpson, was near London. Deputies found him off Cox Road and arrested him.

Simpson faces charges of fleeing or evading police, speeding and numerous other traffic violations.

December 4, 2019

Deputies in Laurel County are looking for a second suspect following a high-speed chase Wednesday morning.

Deputies said they tried to pull over an SUV for speeding. That is when the driver took off, at one point hitting more than 100 miles per hour before crashing in Jackson County.

Police said two men in the car jumped out. One ran into the woods, the other assaulted a deputy.

"The suspect got into a scuffle with him, actually had him on the ground. It was a very vicious attack on our deputy. We were able to, with another deputy, to gain control of that suspect and get him into custody," said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.

The deputy was not seriously injured.

Police said they do not know why the driver did not stop when they tried to pull him over. They have not specified the names of the suspects at this time.

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