A Sacramento man was charged after leading the Kentucky State Police on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen car on Interstate 69 on Monday afternoon.
Kevin Corn, 36, of Sacramento, is in the Hopkins County Jail facing multiple charges after he fled troopers in both directions of I-69 between Princeton and Mortons Gap.
According to KSP Trooper Stu Recke, the McLean County Sheriff’s Office issued an attempt-to-locate notice on a 2011 white Mazda passenger car shortly after noon on Monday. About 20 minutes later, KSP Trooper Bob Winters, who was on work-zone detail near Mortons Gap, observed a vehicle matching that description traveling northbound on I-69.
Winters attempted to stop the vehicle when police say Corn allegedly crossed the median into the southbound lanes and picked up speed in the opposite direction. Winters continued to pursue Corn, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph through Hopkins and Caldwell counties, according to police.
Troopers say Corn exited the interstate at Kentucky 293 near Princeton and merged back onto I-69 going the wrong direction in the northbound lanes. Then, troopers said, Corn exited once again at Kentucky 91 but drove through the intersection and merged back onto I-69 going the wrong direction once again. Corn’s vehicle crossed the median, still traveling southbound into the southbound lanes and continued into Lyons County.
There, troopers say they successfully deployed a tire deflation device near the 72-mile marker on I-69. Corn allegedly slowed down and Winters used his marked cruiser to push the suspect vehicle off the roadway.
Recke said Corn then exited the vehicle but refused to comply with the officers’ commands. He was physically subdued and taken into custody. No injuries were reported.
Corn was lodged in the county jail on charges of receiving a stolen vehicle, worth more than $10,000, first-degree fleeing and evading police in a motor vehicle, driving under the influence (aggravating circumstance) as a first offense, and resisting arrest.
According to a police report, additional charges are pending.
KSP units from Post 1 in Madisonville and Post 2 in Mayfield assisted in the pursuit, along with commercial vehicle enforcement units. Princeton Police Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, the Eddyville Police Department and Lyon County emergency management services also assisted