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Pursuit Leads to Multiple Collisions and Arrest

Date of News Release: 02/21/2016

(Bowling Green, KY) - Last night at approx. 10:05 pm Trooper Briston Smith with the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green conducted a traffic stop on Nashville Road where it was determined that the operator of a 2004 Ford pick-up, Robert Ford (50) of Alvaton, was under the influence. During the course of checking Ford's license he jumped back into his truck and fled the scene heading south on Nashville Road where Trooper Smith pursued him.

Before ramping on to the William Natcher Parkway southbound Ford struck a 1998 Ford pick-up driven by Kristopher Johnson, who was not injured in the collision. Ford then continued on to the parkway at a high rate of speed attempting to elude police. A tire deflation device was used on Ford's vehicle at the interchange of the parkway and Interstate 65. Once his vehicle had struck the spike strip Ford continued where he struck a 2014 Nissan passenger car driven by Julie Spurlock of Scottsville who was attempting to exit the parkway at the Interstate 65 northbound ramp. Spurlock and her two passengers reported minor injuries but were not transported to the hospital.

Ford still continued southbound but his vehicle became disabled and came to a stop on the William Natcher Parkway at the Plano Road exit where he was taken into custody without further incident.

Robert Ford was arrested and lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail where it was found that he had concealed a suspected baggie of marijuana and a marijuana pipe on his person. Ford has been charged with:

  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence (Aggravating Circumstance) 4th Offense
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License 3rd Offense (Aggravating Circumstance)
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident
  • Reckless Driving
  • Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited
  • Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (2 counts)
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
  • Assault 2nd Degree (3 counts)
  • Criminal Mischief 1st Degree
  • Promoting Contraband 1st Degree

The investigation is still ongoing and being led by Trooper Briston Smith. He was assisted by Sergeant Chad Winn, Troopers Jason Adkison, Bartley Weaver, Josh Amos, and Storm Stevens, Warren County Sheriff's Department and the Medical Center EMS.