|By Tiffany Stamper
began as a domestic dispute ended up as a high speed chase up and down the AA Highway
Saturday and resulted in the arrest of a Vanceburg man.
Allen Bloomfield, 54, of Vanceburg, was allegedly seen chasing a brown Ford Explorer
west on Ky. Rt. 8 near Quincy, while operating a Mazda pickup truck. Helen Bloomfield, 51,
operated the Explorer. A juvenile male was a passenger in the Explorer, according to Lewis
County Deputy Sheriff Mark Snedegar.
The Garrison Volunteer Fire Department had received a report of the chase and
firefighter John Justice followed the vehicles as they turned onto the AA Highway headed
toward Vanceburg, Snedegar said.
Snedegar met the two vehicles on the AA Highway near Town Branch Road, east of
Vanceburg. He signaled for the two vehicles to pull over to the shoulder of the highway,
which they did.
As Snedegar stopped his police cruise, Allen Bloomfield allegedly drove off at a high
rate of speed toward Vanceburg. Snedegar said he began to chase the pickup at speeds of
At the intersection of Ky. Rt. 59 and the AA, Bloomfield allegedly slowed down and made
a U-turn in the middle of the intersection.
"There were semis and other vehicles coming from all directions," said
The suspect headed back up the AA Highway, heading east. While driving parallel in the
passing lane, Snedegar attempted to direct Bloomfield to pull the truck over, but he
allegedly refused and swerved at Snedegar's vehicle several times, apparently attempting
to force the cruiser out into oncoming traffic.
Bloomfield then allegedly made another U-turn in the middle of the AA Highway near the
Grayson Spur exit. Snedegar chased Bloomfield for approximately 10 minutes within a
four-mile stretch of the AA Highway.
Finally, after Snedegar made several attempts to persuade the suspect to stop,
Bloomfield turned off the highway onto Fingerboard Road.
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The Lewis County Sheriff's Department vehicle was
damaged Saturday during a pursuit on the AA Highway and Fingerboard Road. A Vanceburg man
was arrested and charged following the incident.
As Bloomfield turned onto Fingerboard Road, the rear of his truck struck the front
of the cruiser, damaging the hood and grill, Snedegar said.
Snedegar said he chased the pickup approximately 2.5 miles up the narrow, curvy road at
extremely high rates of speed until Bloomfield pulled into the driveway of his residence.
Bloomfield exited his vehicle and headed for the house. Helen Bloomfield had told
Deputy Jason Hill that weapons were present in the house. Hill relayed that information to
Snedegar, who then pulled his weapon and was able to persuade Bloomfield to give up.
Bloomfield was charged with DUI 1st, fleeing/evading a police officer 1st, terroristic
threatening 3rd, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief 1st, possession of an
open alcohol beverage, wanton endangerment on a police officer 1st, and two counts of
wanton endangerment. Bloomfield was lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center without
Snedegar said Bloomfield's blood alcohol level measured .171.