Chase ends when suspect crashes into gas pumps

James Worrix
James Worrix

COAL RUN VILLAGE, Ky. — A Pike County man with a lengthy criminal history and several active cases currently pending found more trouble early Wednesday morning, when he allegedly fled from police at high speeds.

A state trooper patrolling Route 194 attempted to pull over a pickup truck driven by James Worrix, 37, of Phyllis, for an expired license plate, but the truck sped up to 90 miles an hour. Police say Worrix continued onto Route 119, where spike strips were used twice, flattening both of the truck’s front tires, but it continued onto US 23 heading toward Coal Run.

Other officers joined in the chase and attempted to box in the truck to force it to a stop, but Worrix allegedly rammed one cruiser, then hit another when he lost control while trying to cut through a gas station parking lot to get to Cowpen Road. The truck then came to a stop after colliding with a gas pump.

Worrix reportedly admitted to police that he had used heroin earlier.

He was charged with fleeing police, wanton endangerment, DUI and numerous other charges.

When he arrived at the jail, he found an additional charge of promoting contraband when a search revealed suboxone strips in his underwear.