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Suspect leaves car on railroad tracks, disrupting rail traffic

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Shaun L. Washington (Source: LMDC) Shaun L. Washington (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man is accused of disregarding a stoplight, failing to stop for police and leaving his car on railroad tracks, holding up rail traffic for about an hour.

According to an arrest report, an officer witnessed Shaun L. Washington, 26, driving through a stoplight at a high rate of speed while traveling northbound on Preston Highway late Sunday night. The officer caught up with Washington's Buick Century and activated the squad car's emergency equipment.

The officer said Washington's vehicle began to slow until it turned onto Durrett Lane, at which time Washington accelerated to an extremely high rate of speed. The officer turned off the emergency equipment, ended the pursuit but continued driving along Durrett Lane to see if the suspect's vehicle had stopped.

Upon reaching a sharp turn, the officer noticed Washington's vehicle had left the roadway and was sitting on railroad tracks. Washington had exited the vehicle and ran away on foot. The officer identified himself, but Washington continued to run from the scene.

According to the arrest report, the officer waited for Washington to return to his vehicle, which he did. He was taken into custody.

The car was sitting on Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Rail traffic had to be stopped fro approximately one hour.

Washington is charged with disregarding a traffic light, two counts of fleeing or evading police, no operators license, wanton endangerment and reckless driving.

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