A Printer resident is facing multiple felony charges following a high speed chase that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 9, with a driver topping speeds of more than 100 miles per hour on narrow, two-lane roads.
Joseph Pedro Serrano, 36, of Printer, was arrested that evening on 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, receiving stolen property, first-degree criminal mischief, DUI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, second-degree fleeing/evading police, improper passing, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving with out a license — negligence in an accident, failure to wear seat belts, third-degree criminal trespassing and menacing in the case.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Mark Spencer reports in the citation that he and Trooper S. Reed were dispatched to a complaint about a disturbance on Lakole Lane in Martin at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9.
He reported troopers were advised that someone was trying to break into a home in that location and, while driving there, they were informed that the alleged burglar stole a passenger car from the driveway of a home.
KSP Trooper Billy Ball reported finding the vehicle on Ky. 404, Spencer reported, and he pursued it after it turned onto Ky. 850 and onto Ky. 550 toward Hueysville.
Spencer reported that Serrano made a U-turn at the intersection of Ky. 80 and Ky. 550 in Garrett and traveled back to Ky. 850 during the chase, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
“Tpr. Ball advised that (Serrano) reached speeds of up to 105 MPH before (he) wrecked the vehicle in a small creek on Ky. 850,” Spencer reported.
He reported that Serrano exited the vehicle after the wreck and Martin Police Chief Kenny Stidham assisted in the arrest.
Ball reported that Serrano passed 10 other passenger vehicles while driving in the wrong lane of travel on Ky. 850 and Ky. 550, the citation says. Spencer reported that Serrano appeared to be under the influence.
According to documents filed in the case, the owner of the vehicle Serrano was allegedly driving told police that it had been running in the driveway of his mother’s residence while he was inside checking on her. He claimed he saw Serrano get inside the vehicle and drive away.
A not guilty plea was entered on Serrano’s behalf during an arraignment in Floyd District Court on Friday, Jan. 10. District Judge Jimmy Marcum placed him under a $25,000 cash bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing to be held on Jan. 15.