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ATV rider arrested after driving intoxicated, fleeing police

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A 24-year-old Bardstown man was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly fleeing from police when he was observed spinning his ATV in circles in the roadway.

According to a press release from the Bardstown Police Department, Officer Dalton Pinkston was on patrol when he saw the man spinning the ATV on 245 near Stonehouse Road. When Pinkston attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the man sped away.

Pinkston pursued the ATV, which traveled onto Lutheran Church Road, entered a subdivision, and headed back onto 245.

According to the release, speeds reached 70 miles per hour when the ATV continued fleeing and turned onto Samuels Loop.

The ATV entered the parking lot of St. Gregory Church, jumped a curb and entered a field, where it eventually wrecked.

Pinkston detained the operator of the ATV, identified as Travis Michael Evans, who followed verbal commands at gunpoint, according to the release.

Upon arrest, Pinkston detected a strong odor of alcohol on Evans, and noticed he had slurred speech and was unsteadying on his feet.

Evans reportedly admitted he consumed six to seven beers.

He was charged with fleeing and evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, speeding and operating an ATV on the roadway. He was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.

An investigation into the incident is continuing, and those with information are asked to contact the Bardstown Police Department at (502) 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at (502) 348-3211.