Louisville man arrested after leading police on chase through Ballard County

A Louisville man was arrested in Ballard County after a pursuit with police Wednesday evening.

Kentucky State Police say about 10 minutes before midnight a trooper attempted to stop a SUV in LaCenter for not having visible registration plates.

The SUV stopped briefly at the corner of Olive and First Street, but then fled from the trooper.

The trooper followed the SUV onto US 60. 

Two Ballard County deputies and a sergeant with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife also joined in on the pursuit.

The chase led police through Barlow and the SUV tried to elude the officers by turning onto Holloway Landing Road.

The SUV then made an abrupt U-turn and hit a Ballard County deputy cruiser and the Department of Fish and Wildlife vehicle before hitting a tree.

50-year-old Charles Watts was arrested and taken to the Ballard County Detention Center.

He was charged with wanton endangerment of police officer, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, possession of a controlled substance, prescription not in proper container, possession of an open alcohol container in motor vehicle, failure of owner to maintain insurance, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, no registration plate, speeding greater than 26 miles per hour, reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign, disregarding traffic control device, and criminal mischief.

An investigation is ongoing.

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