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Man Arrested After Leading Police On High Speed Chase Through Downtown Harrodsburg

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

A man from Edmunson County is being held on a $100,000 bond after leading police on a high speed pursuit—at one point with multiple blown tires—through downtown Harrodsburg on Tuesday, April 25.

Patrick Roby. Image: Boyle County Detention Center.

At 4:59 p.m., the Harrodsburg Police Department were notified the Kentucky State Police was pursuing a black 2014 Chrysler 300 coming into Harrodsburg from Danville.

The driver, subsequently identified as Patrick Kyle Roby, 35, of Mammoth Cave, was seen traveling north on Danville Road at the U.S. 127 intersection at a very high rate of speed “with multiple blown tires” according to the uniform citation.

Roby almost struck two other vehicles while running a red light at the intersection. Police tried to stop Roby but were unable due to the vehicle’s speed and improper passing on the median, according to the uniform citation.

Following a cloud of dust and smoke, police located Roby’s car “crashed into the side of a building at the intersection of North College Street and Price Avenue” according to the uniform citation.

Bystanders told police Roby took off running towards Price Avenue. They then learned from dispatch that Roby had jumped into a white truck, according to the uniform citation.

Police were able to locate and stop the white truck. The driver stepped out with his hands up and said, “He is in here.” According to the uniform citation, Roby then drove off in the truck with police in pursuit until it finally came to a stop on Warwick Road.

According to the uniform citation, Roby was “hesitant to exit the vehicle” but finally exited on the passenger’s side and took off on foot. Taken to the ground by police, Roby continued to resist until Cpl. Isaac Shelton “drive-stunned” Roby on the rear of his left leg, according to the uniform citation. Roby then complied and was taken into custody without further incident.

According to the uniform citation, the driver of the truck said Roby showed a handgun and forced his way into the vehicle, pulling the gun from his waistband and telling him to drive.

Roby has been charged wthe speeding 26 MPH over the posted speed limit, 1st degree robbery, kidnapping an adult, 1st degree fleeing/evading police in a motor vehicle, 1st degree fleeing/evading police on foot, theft by unlawful taking of an auto, 1st degree wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.

He is being held at Boyle County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Patrolman Dustin Mical (HPD) was the arresting officer, with support from Cpl. Shelton and the KSP.

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