Stolen vehicle suspect flees, over 100 mph pursuit into Rockcastle Co.


Laurel County Sheriff John Root reports that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Taylor along with Deputy Landry Collett arrested Richard C. Haight age 25 of Pine Grove Road, Crab Orchard, KY early Friday morning February 11, 2022 at approximately 3:00 AM.

The arrest occurred following a pursuit that started on I–75 at Ky 909 approximately 8 miles north of London after deputies observed a black colored GMC Envoy that was a reported stolen vehicle. Deputies attempted a traffic stop, and as the suspect vehicle slowed onto the emergency lane to apparently stop for deputies, the vehicle accelerated northbound on I -75 at speeds over 100 mph traveling into Rockcastle County, exiting at exit 59 onto a County Road and then traveling back onto I -75 Northbound for approximately 3 miles and exited at exit 62 traveling onto US 25 north and off onto a County Road near Lake Linville where the vehicle traveled across a man’s yard and the driver bailed out.

Following a short foot chase and scuffle with deputies, the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect vehicle was abandoned on an incline and rolled backward nearly running over deputies there according to Roots report. Richard Haight was charged with speeding more than 26 mph over the limit; fleeing or evading police – first-degree – motor vehicle; reckless driving; two counts of wanton endangerment – second-degree – police officer is victim; fleeing or evading police – first-degree – on foot; resisting arrest; operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license; receiving stolen property $1000 or more but under $10,000.

This individual was also charged on a Laurel District Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of possession of a controlled substance – first offense – second-degree; possession of drug paraphernalia. Haight was lodged in the Laurel County correctional center. Also assisting was Mount Vernon City Police.