DCSO: Suspect charged with multiple offenses after fleeing deputies in vehicle, on foot

May 16, 2024 | 12:06 am

Updated May 16, 2024 | 12:15 am

Daviess County Sheriff's Office

A 51-year-old Owensboro man is facing several charges after fleeing deputies in his vehicle and on foot Tuesday night, according to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

According to DCSO, at approximately 9:30 p.m. a patrol deputy observed a tan SUV being driven at a high rate of speed on Veach Road near Higdon Road. While observing the vehicle, the driver — later identified as Roy Lee Wright — ran the stop sign at the intersection of Veach Road and East Byers Avenue, according to a release.

“At this time the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop by activating his emergency lights and signaling for the vehicle to pull over. Wright refused to slow down or stop, and the deputy chose to not pursue the vehicle but was able to keep it in sight as it turned onto New Hartford Road,” the release says. “The deputy updated Central Dispatch on the location and direction of the SUV until eventually losing sight of it near Cemetery Street. At this time several DCSO Patrol Units arrived in the area and began a search for the SUV, which was located in the 1800 Block of Alexander Avenue.” 

According to DCSO, a male subject was observed running north from the area and climbed a fence behind Living Hope Church. Deputies formed a perimeter around that area and located Wright hiding in the bushes of a home in the 1700 Block of Alexander Avenue.

During a search of the area, deputies located a baggie containing several grams of suspected methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia that Wright had discarded, per the release.

Wright was taken to the Daviess County Detention Center and charged with the following:

  • Disregarding Stop Sign (2 counts)
  • Failure to or Improper Signal
  • Disregarding a Traffic Control Device – Traffic Light
  • Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)
  • Criminal Trespassing, 3rd Degree
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Controlled Substances — 1st Offense
  • Trafficking in Controlled Substances, 1st Degree — 1st Offense (Greater Than 2 Grams Meth)


  • Failure to Appear (4 counts)
  • Assault, 4th Degree Domestic Violence (2 counts) 
  • Non-Payment of Fines 
  • Theft By Unlawful Taking – Auto

May 16, 2024 | 12:06 am

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