Two charged after high speed chase

Two people were arrested Friday following a high speed chase and the discovery of a mobile meth lab inside the vehicle.
Sheriff Johnny Bivens said he and Deputy Matt Ross were on routine patrol Friday when they observed a suspect with active felony warrants against him.
Bivens said the suspect was in a vehicle that was traveling west on the AA Highway in the area of Skidmore Drive at Garrison and officers attempted to stop the vehicle.
Bivens said the suspect, Russell “Rusty” Shoemaker, 54, of Olive Hill, did not stop stop and led officers on an approximate 20 mile chase, at times reaching speeds of 100 miles-per-hour.
Bivens said that once the suspect off of Ky. Rt. 1306 onto the AA Highway, Shoemaker began traveling into the lane of oncoming traffic before turning onto Trace Creek Road.
The pursuit ended on Cooper Ridge when Shoemaker stopped the vehicle and attempted to run into a wooded area. Bivens said he was quickly subdued when Ross deployed a Taser.
Shoemaker and Sarah Laken Matthews, 21, of Morehead were arrested at the scene, Bivens said.
Shoemaker was charged with DUI, first degree fleeing and evading, two counts of first degree wanton endangerment, and possession of methamphetamine, among other charges.
Matthews was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Both were lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.

Russell "Rusty" Shoemaker

Russell “Rusty” Shoemaker

Sarah L. Matthews

Sarah L. Matthews

Bivens said officers found a meth lab in the trunk of a vehicle that Shoemaker had allegedly been using to make methamphetamine.
Bivens said the lab was disassembled by officers and evidence will be submitted to a Lewis County Grand Jury.

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