Man leads police on chase through Taylor and Adair County

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By The Staff


A man was arrested after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through Taylor County and into Adair County late Friday night. 

According to law enforcement, Chadwick Hagan, 36, was operating a 2007 Dodge Charger westbound on U.S. 68 in Taylor County when he collided into the rear of a 2005 Honda Accord, operated by Philip Benningfield. 

Hagan left the scene headed toward Campbellsville, and was spotted by Campbellsville Police Officer Richie French and Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Dobson traveling west on Broadway, crossing the double yellow line multiple times and refusing to stop. 

The pursuit continued into Adair County, at which point troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 and officers with the Columbia Police Department and Adair County Sheriff’s Office joined. 

According to law enforcement, Hagan’s vehicle reached speeds exceeding 100 mph at points during the pursuit. 

The pursuit ended at around 9:21 p.m., according to the Adair County Community Voice when Hagan backed his vehicle into a ditch along Edmonton Road in Adair County. 

In an attempt to escape the ditch and evade law enforcement, Hagan rammed his vehicle into an Adair County Sheriff’s Office car. Hagan was still trying to pull away and escape law enforcement when he was removed from the vehicle, according to officers on the scene as reported by the Adair County Community Voice.

Hagan was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render assistance; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense; wanton endangerment, first degree, police officer, three counts; reckless driving; and fleeing or evading police, first degree, motor vehicle. He was also charged with numerous traffic violations and faces more charges in Adair County following a Kentucky State Police investigation.