Multi-county chase leads to two arrests

Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Two men allegedly led Boyle County sheriff’s deputies on a multi-county car chase for more than an hour Tuesday night.


Deputy Keith Addison, one of BCSO’s K9 units, was watching a house on Stewart’s Lane when the whole thing went down, Sheriff Derek Robbins said.

“We’d been watching this house for a while. It was a residence that we’d already bought dope out of, so we knew they were selling,” he said.

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Around 9 p.m., Addison witnessed a vehicle leaving the home. He attempted to pull the driver, William J. Taylor of Springfield, over.

“Deputy Addison attempted to do a traffic stop, and he ran,” Robbins said. After the chase began in Boyle County, it went into Lincoln and Casey counties and just across the Pulaski County line.

Eventually, when Taylor attempted to make sharp turn at high speed, just south of the Bread of Life Cafe on U.S. 127 in Liberty, the vehicle went off the road and into a ditch.

“The whole thing lasted about an hour and 15 minutes,” Robbins said. At times, the chase got up to about 100 miles per hour on the main roads, and anywhere from 20-70 on the back roads, he said.

Taylor and a passenger, Tommy Moore of Danville, were taken into custody without further incident. No one was injured in the chase.

Robbins said a chase at these speeds for this amount of time could’ve ended up very badly.

“Luckily there was very minimal traffic at that time,” he said. “And the deputies did a great job.”


Robbins said officers from Danville Police Department assisted, as well as authorities from Liberty; deputies from Casey and Pulaski counties; and troopers from Kentucky State Police’s London, Richmond and Columbia posts.

Taylor, 38, was charged with reckless driving; failure to dim headlights; operating on a suspended or revoked license; disregarding a traffic light; first-degree fleeing or evading police; carrying a concealed weapon; and possession of marijuana. He was also charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.

Robbins said there are actually eight wanton endangerment charges against Taylor — six involving citizens put in danger during the chase, and two involving officers.

Moore, 38, was also arrested due on warrants from circuit court for first-degree bail jumping and two charges of contempt of court. Robbins said he wasn’t charged from the chase incident because he was a passenger.

Taylor was being held in the Boyle County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash bond Wednesday. Moore was being held on no bond.