by Chris Harris
Colin Hatfield got a quick and hairy introduction to life as police chief of Eubank following a high-speed pursuit through northern Pulaski County.
He was ready for it.
“I felt good to be back,” he said.
The incident resulted in the arrest of a Eubank man on multiple felony counts.
Travis Dean Taylor, 34, of Stevens Lane, was charged with first-degree fleeing and evading police, first-degree receiving stolen property, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief, all felonies.
According to the Eubank Police Department, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, 911 dispatch received a report of a possible stolen 1998 red Nissan Frontier headed southbound on North U.S. 27, at the intersection with Ky. 70.
Hatfield watched for the vehicle headed south, while Science Hill Police Chief Robbie Gossett watched as he headed north. The two chiefs met each other at the former Dave’s Market location, neither having had contact with the allegedly stolen vehicle.
However, the Nissan was eventually discovered when checking a possible residence on Bullock Lane, said Hatfield. Taylor allegedly fled in the truck while a female, Kelly Hollister, fled on foot from the scene, according to Eubank Police.
Gossett and Hatfield gave chase, as the suspect traveled north of U.S. 27 before turning onto east Ky. 70, and allegedly reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
The chase circled around the Eubank area and ended in a soybean field, where Taylor jumped out of the moving vehicle and let the truck roll on as he ran into the woods, said Hatfield.
A K-9 unit from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was utilized at the scene, along with other sheriff’s detectives and deputies to help locate the suspect.
Taylor was captured in a backyard not far from where the pursuit started, said Hatfield.
The sheriff’s department also charged Taylor with two warrants for parole violation and a first-degree burglary charge.
Hatfield said there were no significant injuries or damage to vehicles as a result of the chase, although the stolen Nissan did sustain some damage.
Eubank Police was assisted at the scene by the Science Hill Police Department, Pulaski County Sheriff’s department, Ferguson Police Department, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s department.
The investigation is continuing, and more arrests are expected, said Hatfield.