Man leads police on multi-county chase

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GUNLOCK – A police chase starting in Magoffin, running through Knott and Perry Counties and ending near the Perry-Breathitt County line, netted one arrest on Saturday.

Law enforcement told Mortimer Media Group a man driving a 2006 Ford F-250 truck, who was working on Jake Wireman Fork, stopped at J & J General Store around 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 to get something to eat. The man told police he saw a guy on a bicycle with a garbage bag full of belongings and he spoke to him before entering the store. 

When he came out of the store, the bicycle was still there, but the man, the garbage bag and his truck were gone. 

Another truck of workers from the same company was coming through the area at the same time and waited on the stolen vehicle and followed it on Route 7, then onto Route 80 until the Hazard Kentucky State Police Post 13 was able to catch up to him.

KSP chased him for 21 miles when the driver in the stolen truck reportedly lost control and wrecked in a ditch. He then tried to flee on foot, running into a wooded area, but troopers were able to catch him and place him under arrest.

The truck was owned by Efficient Auger Tech, a company out of Hindman.

The man was later identified as Milton McKinsey Newman, age 24, of Chester, Virginia. He is currently being held at the Perry County Jail and is facing the following charges: first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle); first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot); first-degree criminal mischief; three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment; reckless driving; resisting arrest; menacing; disregarding traffic control device, traffic light; and no operators/moped license. 

He is set for a preliminary hearing in Perry County District Court on July 3 at 9 a.m.

According to law enforcement, more charges are still pending against Newman.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.