Man Arrested After Leading Police on 4 County, 60 Mile Police Chase

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Laurel County Sheriff's Department

An attempted traffic stop along I – 75 on Tuesday afternoon which began in Madison County turned into a chase with police, and the suspect being jailed on multiple offenses. According to deputies, at approximately 1:50 PM on March 15th, a call came from Kentucky State Police that had attempted a stop on a white colored Dodge Durango at mile marker 83 on southbound I – 75 in Madison county and that the vehicle had initially stopped, but then had sped away as the trooper walked up to the vehicle. State Police stayed with the vehicle through Rockcastle County and as it entered into Laurel County KSP were met with assistance from the Laurel County Sheriff’s office at the Laurel/ Rockcastle County line on I – 75.

The vehicle continued southbound on I – 75 failing to stop passing both London exits where London City Police were stationed to block the exits. The vehicle continued southbound on I – 75 traveling in the emergency lane followed by Laurel Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police.

At the state police weigh scale house near mile marker 35, Kentucky State Police attempted to deploy stingers, however the suspect was able to avoid the stingers and continued southbound on I -75. Police continue that at one point the suspect attempted to swerve into Laurel County Sheriff John Root, narrowly missing him. It wasn’t until exit 29, the northernmost Corbin exit, Laurel Sheriff’s deputies deployed stingers and were able to deflate two tires on the suspect’s vehicle. However, the suspect continued southbound on I – 75 approximately 4 miles as the vehicle’s tires deflated and the suspect attempted to drive on the vehicle’s rims which resulted in the vehicle losing control. The suspect, identified as 23 year old Marcel Dashawn Burdett of Knoxville Tennessee became disabled on the emergency lane and was taken into custody following a brief struggle with deputies. The total distance traveled was 58 miles spanning 4 counties.

Burdett was charged with Reckless driving; fleeing or evading police – first-degree – motor vehicle; speeding more than 26 miles per hour over the limit; no operator’s license; wanton endangerment – first-degree; wanton endangerment – first-degree – police officer is victim; resisting arrest. This individual was lodged at Laurel County detention center. According to Police, Burdett stated that he failed to stop for the trooper because he did not have a valid license and did not want to go to jail in Kentucky.