Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee has released the following information this morning after two of his deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant last night and ended up in a high speed chase, after the suspect attempted to run over an officer and fled.
"On Thursday, March 17th at approximately 7:15 p.m., Meade County Sheriff's deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a David Roberts at an address on Berry Cain Road in Meade County.
When deputies approached Roberts in his vehicle, Roberts fled in his vehicle, attempting to hit a deputy who was on foot.
An authorized pursuit ensued with assistance from the Brandenburg City Police Department in which Roberts collided with one Brandenburg Police cruiser and attempted to hit another one.
Successful deployment of tire deflation device disabled Robert's vehicle and Roberts was taken into custody shortly thereafter without any further incident.
There were no injuries associated with this incident. Mr. Roberts was transported to Breckinridge Memorial Hospital where he was medically cleared for incarceration and was lodged in the Meade County Detention Center. The investigation is still on going. Suspect is innocent until proven guilty."
The outstanding felony warrants that the deputies were attempting to serve were for trafficking methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; resisting arrest; fleeing and evading police on foot; and assault on a police officer, 3rd degree.
The new charges stemming from last night’s pursuit include: speeding 26 MPH or greater than the speed limit; murder-police officer (attempt); wanton endangerment,1st degree, police officer; possession of controlled substance, 1st degree, 3rd or greater offense (methamphetamine); operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a substance (agg cir); drug paraphernalia, buy/possess; fleeing or evading police, 1st degree (on foot); criminal mischief, 1st degree; and fleeing or evading police, 1st degree (motor vehicle).
According to the arrest report, a Meade County deputy approached a vehicle that Roberts was in at a residence on Berry Cain Road. Roberts rolled his windows up and refused to comply with the deputies verbal commands. The deputy was forced to break out a window on the car with his baton. The deputy stated that Roberts had started the vehicle and attempted to run him over, forcing the deputy to jump out of the way of the vehicle. A high speed pursuit ensued with Roberts taking Berry Cain Road to Midway Road to Fairmount Road. Due to the amount of dust due to Fairmount being a private, gravel road, the deputy temporarily lost visual contact with Roberts. Roberts had turned onto Navaho Road and then onto Sirrocco Road.
Two units from the Brandenburg Police Department responded from Brandenburg. One of those units observed Roberts coming towards them on Sirrocco Road. The officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop Roberts, who refused to stop and collided with the front of the cruiser. Roberts then turned onto Payneville Road and continued onto Rhodelia Road at speeds in excess of 100 mph. He then continued onto Wolf Creek Road, eventually turning around in a driveway. While doing this, an BPD officer attempted to deploy stop sticks in Roberts' path. Roberts drove his vehicle towards the officer. In response, the officer drew his service weapon and fired a single shot towards Roberts' vehicle.
Roberts continued driving on Wolf Creek Road towards two MCSO deputies. One of the deputies was able to successfully deploy stop sticks, hitting the drivers' side rear tire. Roberts continued to drive, retracing the roads back to Berry Cain Road. Once back on Berry Cain Road, Roberts exited his vehicle and fled on foot into the woods. Officers apprehended Roberts inside the wood line. He is now lodged in the Meade County Detention Center.