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High-speed chase ends in crash, multiple charges

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Police chased the suspect into Simpsonville. Police chased the suspect into Simpsonville.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A traffic stop in Jeffersontown turned into a chase that ended in a wooded area in Simpsonville.

According to Jeffersontown police, officers pulled over a vehicle near Hurstbourne Parkway and Interstate 64 around 4:30 p.m. Friday, for a routine traffic stop.

Police said while Robert Lawson, 28, was pulled over and talking to the officer, he took off. The chase went down I-64 east until they hit mile-marker 28, just south of Simpsonville, in a front yard in Shelby County.

"Whew! it was an exciting afternoon," said Al Purnell. Purnell is known for his sausage company, Purnell's "Old Folk's" Sausage. Friday, he was resting on his couch, recovering from knee surgery when he heard the commotion. "I keep hearing sirens and I said well it must've been a wreck or something and then I keep hearing more and more."

Before long, he realized it was a police chase that was ending in his 17-acre field after Lawson crashed his vehicle into a tree. According to police Lawson had to be tased.

Police said he was running because of outstanding warrants for drug possession charges in Indiana and Kentucky.

Lawson was taken into custody and is facing several charges including assault, fleeing and evading, resisting arrest and giving false information. He will be extradited back to Indiana to face his previous charges.

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