Keown RUPDATE: (6/12/19) — Three people were arrested following a pursuit Tuesday morning in southern Hopkins County.

Kentucky State Police Post 2 reports at 10 a.m. Tuesday, a citizen approached Trooper Rob Austin about a suspicious vehicle at New Lakeside General Baptist Church in Mortons Gap.

While patrolling the area, Austin saw a black Jeep Patriot matching the description, KSP reported. Austin activated his emergency equipment to stop the Jeep, but the driver accelerated, leading authorities on a 17-mile pursuit joined by other troopers, deputies from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and Madisonville Police Department.

HCSO deployed tire deflation devices, which disabled the vehicle along U.S. 41 south of Nortonville.

The driver, identified as Robert Keown, 45 of Madisonville, got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, KSP reported. He was apprehended following a short foot pursuit. Troopers revealed Keown was in possession of substances believed to be methamphetamine and cocaine along with drug paraphernalia and a handgun.

Two passengers in the vehicle, identified as 28-year-old Kali Vertigan of Slaughters, and Gevin Lemons, 26 of Nortonville, were also arrested and taken to Hopkins County Jail.

Keown was charged with first- and second-degree fleeing police, DUI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, first-degree possession of meth and cocaine, first-degree wanton endangerment of police, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Vertigan was served an outstanding arrest warrant, while Lemons was charged with public intoxication. Lemons was released from Hopkins County Jail Tuesday afternoon on his own recognizance. Keown was listed as being held without bond this morning. Vertigan was being held this morning on a Hardin County warrant, pending bond.

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Pursuit 2

UPDATE: NORTONVILLE, Ky. (6/11/19) 11 a.m. — Two men and possibly a woman are in police custody following a pursuit in southern Hopkins County this morning.

The jeep pulled into a driveway at a residence off U.S. 41 near New Salem Circle bridge in Nortonville. The driver and passengers were quickly surrounded by authorities after getting out of the vehicle. At least two of them were fleeing on foot along nearby railroad tracks.

A witness said the individuals were quickly apprehended. More details will be provided as they become available.

Ladonna Kay Lee

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HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (6/11/19) — Several police units are in pursuit of a Jeep with Illinois license plates along U.S. 62 in the Nortonville area.

At 10:33 a.m., the driver was seen speeding away southward with blue lights on his trail.

Kentucky State Police along with officers from other agencies were trying to get the driver to stop, and are possibly working to set out stop sticks in that area.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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