Rockcastle County Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase

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Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Laurel reports arresting Nicholas J. Denny age 30 of Rockcastle County early Thursday morning.

The arrest occurred on Rockcastle River Forestry Road, following a complaint of subjects possibly under the influence and creating a disturbance in the area. When deputies arrived at the scene, they encountered subjects in a vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle, the driver recklessly pulled out of the parking lot, and as the vehicle entered I– 75 Northbound, the vehicle slowed and a female passenger exited the vehicle.

The driver continued traveling northbound on I–75 at speeds exceeding 100 mph. According to police, the car was swerving across all lanes of travel, braking, and recklessly passing other motorists traveling into Rockcastle County, Madison County, Jackson County, back into Rockcastle County, and finally onto KY 490 back into Laurel County. Here, a Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy utilized a pit maneuver causing the vehicle to stop safely. The driver tried to exit the vehicle to flee on foot but was taken into custody following a brief struggle with deputies.

During the arrest the driver was found in possession of a pipe with suspected methamphetamine, dispensed needles, and marijuana. The driver was determined to be under the influence.

Nicholas Denny was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, 1st Degree Fleeing or Evading Police, two counts of 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, Speeding more than 26 mph over the limit, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

In addition, Denny was wanted on a Rockcastle Circuit Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking. A female passenger in the vehicle at the onset of the pursuit was identified as Morgan A. Dixon of Berea. These two individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.