LONDON KY—On Monday, July 1st at 2:20 a.m. London Police Officer Andrew Lawson pulled over an impaired driver at Levi Jackson State Park that led police on a high-speed pursuit into Manchester, Ky.
While patrolling Levi Jackson Park, Ofc. Lawson began approaching an improperly parked red Chevrolet Aveo. While Ofc. Lawson entered the parking lot to make contact with the driver, Michael S. Lewis, 53, of Manchester, Ky. he turned on his vehicle on and began leaving. Ofc. Lawson then activated his emergency lights and pulled him over.
When Ofc. Lawson approached the vehicle with the window rolled down, he detected an alcohol odor coming from the vehicle and observed open vodka bottles inside. K-9 Ofc. Jacob Bormann then joined Ofc. Lawson at the scene. While requesting field sobriety tests and asking for consent to search the vehicle, Lewis fled the scene engaging officers in a high-speed pursuit.
Lewis led police on pursuit from Levi Jackson Mill Road to Main Street, East 4th Street, across KY-192 and onto East Hwy. 80. Lewis then fled from police down several roads heading towards Manchester.
Kentucky State Police assisted and deployed stingers at mile marker 14 of KY-687, striking and deflating the left front tire of Lewis’ vehicle. Lewis continued to drive onto Hwy. 421, making several turns and driving through residential yards. He then drove onto Railroad Avenue in Manchester’s city limits came to an abrupt stop on a gravel path.
Lewis then exited his vehicle with an aggressive stance towards Ofc. Bormann and actively resisted arrest. With further assistance, Lewis was arrested.
Lewis was charged with possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, disregarding a traffic light, first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving on a DUI suspended license, and license to be in possession. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.