Saturday, January 27, 2001

Chase leads to DUI charge

By David C. Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        A Williamstown man is facing a string of charges after leading police on a pursuit near Richwood, crashing his car and injuring a passenger Thursday evening.

        Mark Breeden, 50, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, eluding a police officer, speeding, not wearing seat belts, resisting arrest, assault and two counts of wanton endangerment, said Robin Jenkins, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

        “We are awaiting blood work on the driver to determine the blood-alcohol content,” Ms. Jenkins said. “He's been convicted of driving under the influence twice and has one pending."

        Alex Ryles, 47, of Erlanger, a passenger in the car, is in serious condition at University Hospital. He was flown from the accident.

        The incident started shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officer was alerted to a possible drunken driver.

        “He did get behind a vehicle that met the criteria,” Ms. Jenkins said.

        The officer tried to stop the vehicle on northbound Interstate 75, but the car exited at the Richwood exit and then got onto U.S. 25 south. The car sped up to about 90 mph before crashing, Mrs. Jenkins said.


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