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Suspect James Ray Simpson, 36, of Laurel County, KY led law enforcement on a 19 mile chase ending in Jackson County, KY. Officers were assaulted and Simpson escaped capture.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Taylor McDaniel along with Deputy Joey Robinson are conducting an investigation following a 2 county traffic pursuit that originated on Ky 30 approximately 5 miles north of London on Wednesday morning December 4, 2019 at approximately 11:03 AM. Deputy Taylor McDaniel clocked a gold colored Suzuki SUV that was traveling northbound on KY 30 driving 70 mph in a 55. When he made a turnabout engaging his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle accelerated to speeds over 100 mph traveling approximately 8 miles into Jackson County where the vehicle apparently intentionally traveled into a ditch line and up a bank , crashing through three fences and traveling across a field for approximately 200 yards and came to stop at a heavily wooded area where its two occupants fled on foot. One of the male suspects then confronted deputies violently assaulting deputies before being taken into custody. The other suspect has not been located but the investigation is continuing to identify him.

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The Gold Suzuki SUV that was involved in the chase was abandoned after purposefully crashing in Jackson County

Later the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office identified James Ray Simpson, 36, as being one of the individuals involved in the chase. Simpson failed to report to court on Friday, December 06, 2019 on unrelated charges.

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The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Ambulance Service, Jackson County EMS, along with the Kentucky State Police and US Marshal Service provided assistance at the scene where the car crash ended

In addition, an investigation is underway in an attempt to determine why the vehicle fled from deputies initially. Other agencies assisting included the Jackson County Sheriff’s office, Jackson County Ambulance service, Jackson County EMS, Kentucky State Police, and the US Marshal Service.

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