Multi-county chase ends in crash in Nelson County

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By Staff

UPDATED May 16, 2018:

A man who led police on a multi-county high-speed chase earlier this month was indicted on 24 criminal charges Wednesday.

William Keith Casey, 31, fled police on May 3 starting in Spencer County. The chase stretched through Nelson and briefly Anderson counties before ending in a crash on Whitesides Road.

Casey was indicted on seven counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer and three counts of third-degree assault for punching and kicking officers.

Casey is also charged with first-degree criminal mischief for damaging property belonging to the Kentucky State Police, as well as first-degree fleeing, resisting arrest, reckless driving, speeding, improper passing, six counts of disregarding a stop sign, no insurance and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Casey was previously convicted of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, receiving stolen property, fleeing or evading police, first-degree criminal mischief, complicity to manufacturing meth, and complicity to possession of a controlled substance. Casey’s bail was set at $100,000 cash only, plus conditions and his arraignment is June 7.



Original Story:

A high-speed chase Thursday afternoon that originated in Spencer County ended with a crash on Whitesides Road in Nelson County more than a half hour later.

According to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy with that county attempted to conduct a traffic stop on High Grove Road for a driver speeding 91mph in a 55mph zone. The driver was later identified as William Casey, 31, of Mount Washington. Casey failed to stop, and a pursuit entered Nelson County.

Nelson County deputies, Bloomfield Police and Kentucky State Police joined in the chase as the vehicle crossed into Bloomfield. Bardstown City Police were also dispatched as the vehicle neared Bardstown city limits. The pursuit continued through Nelson County and partially into Anderson County before re-entering Spencer County.

The chase ended after Casey wrecked on Whitesides Road and was arrested. Casey was charged with speeding 26mph or greater over the limit, reckless driving, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, improper passing, failure to register transfer of a motor vehicle, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and resisting arrest. Casey was arraigned in Spencer County District Court Friday morning and has a preliminary hearing set for Friday.

According to court records, Casey was arrested in Nelson County in 2015 on fleeing, endangerment and drug charges. Casey entered a guilty plea for first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer in that case, and all other charges were dismissed. That chase also started in another county and ended with a crash in Nelson County.