Suspect rams KSP cruisers to avoid arrest

By Bobbie Poynter

A Barbourville man is facing multiple charges after officials say he rammed two KSP cruisers multiple times.

According to a KSP news release, Trooper Wayne Hensley stopped a 2003 Toyota Corolla on U.S. Highway 25E for an expired registration plate. As the trooper came up the car, the driver took off.

Trooper Hensley followed the vehicle through downtown Barbourville reportedly at a slow rate of speed. As the vehicle made its way back to U.S. Highway 25E and continued southbound Trooper Kelley Farris joined the pursuit. When the troopers tried to box him in, the operator intentionally struck Trooper Hensley’s cruiser, after which he began to pick up speed. The troopers tried again to box the vehicle in, and the driver intentionally hit Trooper Hensley’s patrol car two additional times and struck Trooper Farris’ cruiser twice.

The pursuit ended in the Taco Bell parking lot where the troopers were finally able to block the vehicle’s escape.

Jack A. Rose, 49, of Barbourville was arrested and charged with fleeing or evading police, two counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of criminal mischief, operating motor vehicle under the influence-aggravated circumstances, carless driving, expired operator’s license, possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle, failure to signal, three counts of disregarding a stop sign, two counts of disregarding a traffic control device, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and several other traffic charges.

Officials say Rose was treated and released from the Knox County Hospital for injuries unrelated to the pursuit. After being released from the hospital, Rose was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Trooper Wayne Hensley is continuing the investigation. He was assisted by troopers Kelley Farris, Chad Gregory, Jonathan Carlock and Frank Russell, KSP sergeants James Sandlin and Jason Joseph. Barbourville Police Department also assisted at the scene.