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April 3, 2014

Police on the lookout for suspect after pursuit

Somerset — As of Thursday evening, local authorities were still searching for a man who allegedly led authorities in pursuit earlier in the day.

Randall W. Wallace, 40, of Liberty, Ky., is wanted in connection with a series of vehicle thefts in the Pulaski County, as well as elsewhere, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The chase, which took place both on road and on foot, started at approximately 10:30 a.m., according to Lt. Troy McLin of the sheriff’s office.

Colin Hatfield, Eubank Police Chief, said that it started in Lincoln County, where a constable in that county, Delbert Mitchell, found himself tailing a 2013 Chevrolet pick-up truck that had been reported stolen.

The suspect went on in to Pulaski County, where Hatfield and Science Hill Police Chief Robbie Gossett joined the chase around the Science Hill area, which lasted about five minutes, said Hatfield.

“(The chase) led to a farm on Hurricane Ridge Road, where the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot,” said Hatfield, “where the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. We just had him boxed in.”

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was participating in the pursuit at that time. McLin said that the suspect drove into a swampy field with a creek and took off.

“He climbed up a hill to another road, which ended up being in Casey County,” said McLin. “He stole another truck and took off.”

Hatfield said authorities searched the area for another hour and a half after the suspect fled.

McLin said that there are about three stolen vehicle cases over the last couple of weeks for which Wallace is wanted — involving the Chevrolet, a motorcycle, and a “lowboy” trailer. There are several warrants out for his arrest, and Kentucky State Police is looking for him on their own charges as well, said McLin.

“We’ll probably have more charges before too long,” said McLin. “Right now, it’s all still under investigation.”

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Randall Wallace, contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at 606-678-5145.

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