Michigan man arrested after 100-mph chase

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KSP, officers of two counties chase, apprehend driver in front of Carrollton Post Office

By Sharon Graves

A high-speed chase through two counties Thursday evening ended with the arrest of the driver in front of the Carrollton Post Office on Highland Avenue.

The chase began in Gallatin County, when Warsaw police attempted to stop Shane Hall, 33, of Lincoln Park, Mich., driving a stolen 1998 Jeep.

Gallatin County Sheriff Nelson Brown said Hall was driving erratically when police flashed their lights to pull him over. Instead of stopping, Hall fled westbound on U.S. 42, Brown said, adding that his department joined the chase when Hall left the city limits of Warsaw.

The Kentucky State Police, Carrollton Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department joined the chase when Hall crossed over into Carroll County.

“We were just trying to keep the residents of Carrollton safe during the high-speed chase that went through the middle of town,” Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite said.

Sheriff’s Deputies J.T. Shaw and Travis Price both were involved in the effort to get Hall stopped, along with KSP Troopers Justin Sams, Michael Luttrell, Shane Wall and KSP Sgt. Ezra Stout.

Sheriff Ben Smith said Monday that Price threw “stop sticks” near one of the entrances to the Arkema plant on U.S. 42. “Stop sticks” are designed to disable the tires of a vehicle involved in a police chase.

Smith said the left front tire of the Jeep was flattened, but only slowed the vehicle to about 70 mph.

Using their vehicles, Brown and Shaw were able to manuever the Jeep to a stop in front of Carrollton’s Post Office. Shaw pulled Hall from the Jeep at gunpoint and ordered him to the pavement, Smith said. Once on the ground, Hall began to fight Shaw and tried to crawl under the Jeep.

Price used his taser on the subject to subdue him, Smith said.

“Everybody that should have gone home went home,” Smith said. He praised the work of his deputies and other law enforcement, saying that no one was injured and there was only minimal property damage.

Officers took a large knife from Hall as they placed him under arrest; he was taken to the Carroll County Regional Detention Center and is being held on two cash bonds of $10,000 each from Carroll and Gallatin Counties.

Hall faces multiple charges from each county, according to court records.

Gallatin County has charged Hall with reckless driving, speeding 26 mph or greater over the speed limit, first-degree driving under the influence, and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

Gallatin also has charged him with first-degree fleeing or evading and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, both Class D felonies. Hall was arraigned in Gallatin County District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Carroll County has charged Hall with receiving stolen property over $300 and first-degree criminal mischief, both Class D felonies. Hall is to be arraigned in District Court in Carroll County today, Wednesday, Jan. 28.

If convicted, Hall could receive one to five years in prison and be fined $1,000 to $10,000 on the felony counts, and up to a year in jail and fines of up to $1,000 for each misdemeanor charge.