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Sister of chase suspect says his arrest was bound to happen

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Mettling is accused of leading police on a 58-minute chase that began in Jeffersontown and came to a dramatic end in a fast-food parking lot Tuesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Mettling is accused of leading police on a 58-minute chase that began in Jeffersontown and came to a dramatic end in a fast-food parking lot Tuesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Tess Rey (Source: WAVE 3 News) Tess Rey (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Travis Mettling (Source: LMDC) Travis Mettling (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A woman said all she could do was watch Tuesday as officers surrounded her brother following a police chase.

"It's just heartbreaking seeing 60 cops drawing arms on your brother, like you could only imagine what that feels like," said Tess Rey, the sister of Travis Mettling, 30.

Mettling is accused of leading police on a 58-minute chase that began in Jeffersontown and came to a dramatic end in a fast-food parking lot when officers rammed the car he was driving and took him into custody at 9:39 a.m. on July 22, according to Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders.

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Rey said Mettling knew he would be going to jail when he was pulled over.

"Travis is looking at some time, he knew that, we knew that this was bound to happen," she said.

Mettling's rap sheet dates back to 2001 and reveals a history of drug use as well as three charges for assault, several charges for speeding, driving without insurance and a DUI. The list was about to get even longer.

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"In addition to those charges, today he'll be charged with numerous counts of wonton endangerment of the public and police officers," Chief Rick Sanders of Jeffersontown Police said during a press conference.

About a dozen cars were damaged, six of them belonging to police. At one point, three other people were in the car with Mettling. They were able to get out before the chase came to an end.

A sergeant was on the phone with him during the chase trying to get him to stop. Mettling told police he had a gun. Turned out he was lying.

"It's just not anything you want to see any family member go through," Rey said.

Rey says she knows Mettling loves his family, including his 7-year-old daughter. She said he was close to his mother who died last November, but says she is not making excuses for him and instead is glad no one was seriously hurt, including her brother.

"We are thankful that he was in custody and not a casket," she said.

Tuesday Mettling was booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. He is now facing 45 charges including five counts of wanton endangerment involving a police officer, three counts of wanton endangerment, eight counts of criminal mischief, seven counts of disregarding traffic, careless driving, improper or expired registration plates, fleeing or evading police, reckless driving, assault/domestic violence, two counts of trafficking in controlled substance methamphetamine, trafficking in controlled substance unspecified, two counts of drug paraphernalia, three counts of serving bench warrant for court, three counts of possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, three counts of complicity trafficking in controlled substance, possession of open alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle and fugitive.

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