63-year-old leads police on pursuit, ends with drug arrest in Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Warren County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man in Bowling Green they say is a known fugitive, after being led on a chase Saturday morning.

On November 11, the Warren County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic conditions related to an event at Beech Bend Park.

While at the intersection of Louisville Road and East Riverview Drive, deputies say a green Kia Soul was traveling southbound on Louisville Road. They say the driver appeared to be 63-year-old Raymond Burch of Bowling Green.

According to officials, Burch is a known fugitive.

While deputies tried to verify that Burch was the driver, they say he continued through the intersection, disregarding directions from deputies.

They say Burch proceeded to flee from deputies at a high speed down the 31W Bypass and into the Kroger parking lot.

Deputies say Burch disregarded multiple stop signs and traffic lights as he was operating the vehicle in an "extremely reckless manner."

Deputies say they had to stop their pursuit in the interest of safety for other motorists but were able to maintain a visual of Burch and saw him turn onto Middle Bridge Road.

Deputies then say they reactivated their emergency equipment to pursue Burch.

At that point, deputies say Burch got out of the vehicle he was driving and fled on foot.

Deputies say they were able to arrest Burch on Shive Lane.

Upon being placed into custody, deputies confirmed his identity.

During a search, deputies say they located a bag of suspected crystal methamphetamine in the front pocket of Burch's pants.

Burch has been arrested on local charges, as well as two warrants out of Edmonson County.

Burch is currently at the Warren County Regional Jail.

According to the Warren County Sheriff's Department, Burch's charges include:

Disregarding Signals from Officers Directing Traffic
Reckless Driving
Disregarding Stop Sign
Disregarding Traffic Controlled Device - Traffic Light
Failure to/Improper Signal
Wanton Endangerment 1st
Wanton Endangerment 1st on a Police Officer
Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (On Foot)
Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)

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