MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- People were stranded on I-75 for hours this afternoon as law enforcement negotiated with 35-year-old Jason Shipwash of Bourbon County who led them on a 30-plus mile chase down I-75 ending in a guns-drawn standoff in the middle of the interstate.
“This guy in this nonchalant old Nissan truck just rolling right along talking on his phone with a cigarette driving with one hand. We thought well that’s odd,” said Jeff Wernert, a witness.
Witnesses describe the slow speed chase between Shipwash and law enforcement as something out of a strange movie.
“I mean he was just driving down the road with the cops behind him and they were blocking two lanes. I mean there was people passing him and then all the sudden they stopped right up here,” said Chris Schork.
It all began in Scott County, where law enforcement says Shipwash refused to pull over during a traffic stop.
“That pursuit continued onto I-75, down into madison county where the suspect stopped here at the 90 mile mark,” said Trooper Robert Purdy with Kentucky State Police.
That’s when things got tense, troopers drawing their weapons after they say they spotted a weapon in Shipwash’s truck.
“We didn’t have any idea what was going through the person’s mind. We don’t know what his mental state is. We just knew that we were here and trying for a peaceful resolution,” said Trooper Purdy.
Troopers closing off all lanes of I-75 barricading behind the interstate’s median and their patrol cars, guns at the ready as curious, stranded drivers looked on from afar.
“The suspect finally opened up his door. Came out and surrendered to law enforcement where he was taken into custody without incident,” said Trooper Purdy.
After the more than two hour standoff, Shipwash was taken to Scott County Detention Center and the interstate was reopened to drivers.
Tonight, Shipman faces several charges in several different counties including fleeing and evading police and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.