RUSSELLVILLE — A Barren County man accused of leading officers from six law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through five counties entered a not guilty plea Thursday in Logan County.
Brian Robertson, 31, of Glasgow, was arraigned Thursday in Logan Circuit Court on a 50-count indictment, which charges him with manufacturing methamphetamine, second-degree assault, 18 counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), 18 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (second offense), failure to maintain required insurance, operating on a suspended license, speeding, reckless driving, four counts of disregarding a traffic control device and disregarding a stop sign.
According to court records, the incident began Aug. 12 in Todd County, when a Kentucky State Police trooper attempted to stop a 2002 Jeep Cherokee driven by Robertson.
Robertson allegedly refused to stop, however, and engaged several law enforcement officers in a chase that passed through Logan, Edmonson, Barren and Warren counties.
The pursuit extended for 72.5 miles and Robertson reached speeds of 92 mph in Logan County during the chase, according to court records.
At one point, Deputy David Kitchens of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pass the Jeep, which swerved and attempted to strike Kitchens’ vehicle, according to the indictment.
Court records show that the chase ended when the Jeep ran out of fuel on Interstate 65 in Barren County.
In the process of arresting Robertson, police found two syringes containing suspected methamphetamine.
According to court records, the pursuit involved a total of 18 officers – Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker and six of his deputies, three members of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, five from state police and one each from the Barren County Sheriff’s Office and Russellville and Auburn police departments.
At the arraignment, Logan Circuit Judge Tyler Gill scheduled a pretrial conference Thursday for Robertson, who is currently in Logan County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond.
Gill mentioned receiving a letter from Robertson regarding his bond, and urged Robertson to cooperate with his attorney and avoid contacting the judge directly in the future.
“People inadvertently say things in (letters) to get in trouble,” Gill said.
Robertson is also charged with nine counts in Todd County and has a pretrial conference there Wednesday.