Motorists on the Hal Rogers Parkway escaped a life-threatening situation Monday night after a Pulaski County man attempted to evade police, forcing several vehicles off the roadway and topping out at speeds over 100 mph.
Derek Osborne, 36, of 100 Mardis St. Somerset, Ky., face 10 charges following the pursuit, according to Kentucky State Trooper Jarrod Smith.
According to Smith’s citation, he was traveling west bound on the parkway near the 12-mile marker when he met Osborne and clocked him at 85 mph.
He activated his lights and saw Osborne pass two vehicles.
Smith saw that Osborne was gaining speed and passing more vehicles. He caught up with him at the 15-mile marker and advised his supervisors that he was in pursuit and the truck was not stopping.
Smith advised fellow Trooper Ethan Lewis to set up at Exit 20. During that time, Osborne continued to pass vehicles and met several head-on and forced them off the road.
Osborne slowed down at Exit 20 but avoided the other trooper and continued at a high rate of speed.
Agencies from the Manchester Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit at this point.
Trooper Smith was advised he could use stop sticks if possible, to apprehend Osborne.
“The subject was driving all over the roadway using both lanes,” Smith said in his citation. “He continued to pass cars on the road and on the shoulder. He was driving in excess of 100 mph in straight stretches and 70-80 mph in each curve, putting several vehicles off the roadway.”
As they approached the 29-mm, Smith advised Post 11 he was going to attempt to pass Osborne and try to get ahead of him to set the stop sticks.
“I gained speed and passed in a safe section of the road,” Smith said. “While attempting to pass Osborne he started swerving towards me. He attempted to hit me as I passed him.”
Smith had to get on the opposite side of the roads shoulder to avoid the contact from Osborne.
The trooper made it to the bridge near the Big Creek exit and setup the stop sticks.
“I was advised by Trooper Lewis the truck was slowing down prior to my location,” Smith said.
Osborne stopped his vehicle at the 34-mm and jumped out, fleeing on foot.
Trooper Lewis, MPD officers Tay Napier and Jeff Couch gave chase as Osborne fled into a wooded area.
Smith returned to the area and assisted in the chase where they apprehended Osborne.
They forced him to the ground as he resisted arrest and would not show his hands. Officers also noticed a holster on his side and felt he may have a weapon. Osborne continued to fight the officers, but they overpowered him and gained control.
As search of his vehicle revealed two pistols and two rifles. Osborne refused his Miranda rights and cursed officers during the arrest, according to the citation.
Osborne refused all tests at the scene and refused to give a statement while being interviewed at the Manchester 911 center following his arrest.
Osborne is charged with speeding 26 mph or more; wanton endangerment 1stdegree (Police Officer); wanton endangerment 2nddegree (Police Officer); fleeing or evading police 1stdegree (Motor Vehicle); fleeing or evading police 1stdegree (On Foot); resisting arrest; menacing; reckless driving; improper lane usage and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. He was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.