Owensboro man arrested after multi-county pursuit

October 14, 2019

An Owensboro man was arrested Monday afternoon after leading authorities on a multi-county pursuit on I-165.

According to a Kentucky State Police press release, Warren County Sheriff Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2017 Ram truck on I-165 northbound near the 8 mile marker just before 4 p.m. Monday. The operator, identified as Levi D. Lyons, 30, of Owensboro, fled from deputies at a high rate of speed.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies terminated the pursuit and Lyons’ vehicle traveled into Butler County.  Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer located the vehicle at the 27 mile marker of I-165 where the pursuit was reinitiated.


Kentucky State Police Troopers took the lead in the pursuit as the vehicle entered Ohio County. A tire deflation device was used, which deflated two of Lyons’ tires. Lyons then used his vehicle to strike two marked KSP cruisers that were pursuing him.

A KSP trooper then performed a legal intervention, or pit maneuver, with his cruiser, causing Lyons to spin sideways to a stop near the 55 mile marker of I-165.

Lyons was taken into custody without incident and was lodged in the Ohio County Jail. He was charged by KSP with the following offenses:

  • Murder – Police Officer (Attempt)
  • Assault, 2nd Degree – Police Officer
  • DUI (Aggravated Circumstance) 1st Offense
  • Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree – Police Officer
  • Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree
  • Operating on a Suspended Operators License
  • Possession of Open Alcohol Container in a Motor Vehicle
  • Failure to or Improper Signal
  • Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)

October 14, 2019

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