Four-Hour police chase ends with man behind bars


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Jason Thomason

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky—Two high-speed chases and three separate crashes.  Investigators said it is all the work of one man.  Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said, "That type of person there needs to be locked up, he's a danger to society."

A man accused of leading police on a four-hour long chase is in jail tonight.  The Graves County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call around 2:30 this morning about an assault at a Fancy Farm home.

They received another call a few minutes later about shots fired in that same area.  Witnesses told deputies Jonathan Valles took off in a Ford Taurus.  That is when a deputy started chasing Valles.  That chase ended in a crash along Kentucky 849 in Lowes, KY.

Valles ran off into a nearby field and while deputies searched for him they got a call about a stolen pickup truck nearby.  Investigators said Valles then led them on another chase, which ended in a crash between Valles and several squad cars.

Neighbors said they heard sirens and saw several squad cars surrounding the stolen truck Valles was in just before 7 a.m.  After taking off through a field, police were able to stop him at the intersection of KY 94 and KY 129.  One neighbor said he never expected anything like this to happen, especially not in the small community of Pilot Oak.

Tim Thompson said a high-speed chase was unexpected in his rural neighborhood in Pilot Oak.  "A little before 7, heard a lot of sirens, come outside, they had the truck surrounded over their on the highway," said Thompson.

27-year-old Jonathan Valles arrested and in custody after leading police on an 80-mile pursuit.

Redmon said Valles has been a thorn in his side for months and he is thankful the pursuit was successful.

"He would put his hand out the window and flipping officers off as he was driving down the road at 80 miles an hour," said Redmon.

Redmon said Valles showed no remorse and deserves to be behind bars.

"He didn't care if he had to injure an officer or anyone else, he had no regard for human life last night with the way he was driving," said Redmon.

His actions caused property damage, but Redmond said cars can be replaced, people cannot.

"It's a very great day to have him locked up and secured.

Valles was taken to the Jackson Purchase Medical Center for facial injuries.  Redmon said Valles is going to be taken to Louisville for facial surgery. Redmon said Valles could serve up to 20 to 30 years in the state penitentiary.

Redmon and the other deputies do believe drugs were a factor.  When Valles is released from the hospital he will be jailed in Graves County.  Several police agencies assisted.  No officers were injured, but three police vehicles were wrecked.