Chase ends with two in custody

Benjamin Anderson
Benjamin Anderson

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Two people were taken into custody after a driver led a number of police agencies on a 23-mile chase along U.S. 23 in Johnson and Floyd counties.

It all began early Wednesday morning several miles north of Paintsville, when the sheriff’s office attempted to first pull over a car driven by Benjamin Anderson, 22, of Van Lear. Instead, the car sped away, heading into Floyd County, where Kentucky State Police, Prestonsburg and Martin city police, and District 2 Floyd County Constable Gary Nelson joined the pursuit.

Officials say Anderson attempted to take the exit onto Route 114 when he reached Prestonsburg, but hit the guardrail and continued on U.S. 23 instead.

It all ended a few miles later, across from the Bull Creek Trade Center, when Anderson pulled over and surrendered. He is now faces multiple charges, including fleeing police and wanton endangerment.

Anderson was also wanted on a fugitive warrant after not showing up for court to answer charges of assault and fleeing police last year.

A male juvenile passenger was also taken into the custody following the chase and later released.

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