Man pepper sprayed after high-speed chase

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Suspect was fleeing Bullitt County hit and run

By Jennifer Corbett

Early Friday morning, police responded to a high-speed chase on Louisville Road that reportedly began in Bullitt County after a Cox’s Creek man was involved in a hit-and run-accident.

Nelson County Dispatch received a call from Chandler Barnes around 3:19 a.m. Friday. During the call, Barnes told the dispatcher he was following Samuel Lee Rickert, 26, because Rickert crashed into his car in Mount Washington and fled the scene.

Barnes followed Rickert from Mount Washington to Louisville Road.

During the chase, sparks were coming off Rickert’s vehicle because he had a flat tire, said Nelson County Sheriff Stephen Campbell. Rickert’s vehicle was also reported to have been using its running lights.

Sheriffs Deputies Michael Clark and Reese Riley intervened in the chase when it reached Louisville Road. Officers chased Rickert to his residence on 6040 Deatsville Road after his car broke down.

After that, Rickert tried to run away from the scene. When officers caught up with Rickert, officers said, he tried to resist arrest by kicking at both of the deputies. Rickert refused a Breathalyzer test.

According to Campbell, deputies had to subdue Rickert with pepper spray.

The sheriff said no officers were injured.

Dispatch logs indicate that EMS was called to the scene at 3:24 a.m., but Rickert refused transport.

Rickert is facing multiple charges, including wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest, fleeing/evading police and driving under the influence of an intoxicant. He is being held at the Nelson County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.