Kentucky police arrest Harlan County man after police pursuit


A Harlan County man is in custody after leading Kentucky police on a pursuit.

David Estes, 35, was arrested and charged with multiple traffic infractions in Tremont, Kentucky early Tuesday. 

At 12:44 a.m., a Kentucky State Police trooper noticed a tan four-door passenger vehicle appeared to be disabled on the side of the highway.

The trooper asked Estes for his identification before discovering he had warrants out for his arrest. Estes did not comply with requests to step out of his vehicle before attempting to run over the trooper. 

The trooper and Estes engaged in a short pursuit which ended with Estes losing control of his vehicle before becoming stuck in a ditch. He then attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended after a brief struggle.

Estes was arrested and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center. He is charged with

  • Speeding
  • Improper equipment
  • No seat belt
  • No insurance card
  • Failure to maintain insurance
  • No registration receipt
  • Resisting arrest
  • Wanton endangerment 1st degree – Police Officer
  • Wanton endangerment 1st degree
  • Fleeing or evading police 1st degree – Motor vehicle
  • Menacing 
  • Failure to or improper signal 
  • Reckless driving 
  • Disorderly conduct 2nd degree 

 The case is currently under investigation. 

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