Thursday, September 26, 2002

Officer accused of DUI quits

Worked year for Kenton County

By Jim Hannah,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Kenton County police officer resigned Wednesday, two days after he allegedly tried to outrun police while riding a motorcycle drunk near Louisville.

        Chad B. Martin, 27, is charged with felonies of attempting to elude police while under the influence and first-degree wanton endangerment. He faces additional charges of speeding, driving with expired tags, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and reckless driving.

        Sgt. Frank Conway, spokesman for La Grange police, said Mr. Martin was uncooperative when asked to take a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood test when taken to a hospital.

        Mr. Martin was allegedly riding a green 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle early Monday south on Interstate 71 when he passed a state trooper making another drunken-driving arrest.

        The trooper radioed ahead and alerted a La Grange police officer to be on the lookout for a motorcycle going more than 90 mph.

        When the La Grange officer spotted the motorcycle and turned on his sirens and lights, the motorcyclist sped up to 120 mph and led police on an 11-mile chase, police said.

        La Grange police arrested Mr. Martin at 1:38 a.m. just outside Louisville near the Gene Snyder Freeway interchange.

        Mr. Martin had been a Kenton County officer since July 1, 2001. County officials said Mr. Martin resigned Wednesday.

        Mr. Martin could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

        The case goes before an Oldham County judge on Nov. 6. Mr. Martin remains free on $500 bond.


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