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Man arrested after police chase in Ballard Co.


A Louisville, Kentucky man was arrested after leading police on a chase in Ballard County.

Charles E. Watts, 50, was charged with four counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs second offense with aggravating circumstances, possession of a controlled substance third degree, prescription not in proper container, possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle, failure of owner to maintain insurance, operating on a suspended of revoked operator's license, no registration plate, speeding greater than 26 mph, reckless driving, five counts of disregarding stop sign, disregarding traffic control device and two counts of criminal mischief first degree.

Watts was also served an arrest warrant out of Hardin County for failure to appear.

According to Kentucky State Police, a trooper on a routine patrol in Ballard County attempted to stop a red Chevrolet Blazer in LaCenter on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at about 11:50 p.m. for not having a visible registration plate.

Police say the vehicle was stopped briefly at the corner of Olive and First Street, then took off.

The trooper followed the vehicle from U.S. 60 where he began the chase.

According to police, two Ballard County deputies and Sgt. Tony Dunker with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife joined the chase.

Police say the vehicle went west on U.S. 60 and went through Barlow. They say the vehicle tried to elude the officers by turning on Holloway Landing Road. It then made an abrupt u-turn and hit a Ballard County deputy's cruiser and Dunker's vehicle before hitting a tree.

The driver, identified as Watts, was arrested and taken to the Ballard County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

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