Search on for ex-con following police chase in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The search is on for an ex-con who led police on a chase at speeds reaching nearly 100-miles per hour on Main Street in Frankfort Wednesday night, according to the Franklin County sheriff.

Investigators say 28-year old John Bush, of Versailles, was recently released from prison and is wanted for selling cocaine in Franklin County.

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Deputies say Bush was spotted driving on East Main Street near the Kentucky State University campus around 8:00 p.m.  They say they tried to pull him over, but he sped away toward the Capital Avenue intersection.  Investigators say Bush sideswiped a vehicle, nearly lost control of his car, so deputies slowed their pursuit to give Bush distance.

Sheriff Pat Melton says Bush apparently jumped out of the car, which crashed into a telephone pole and overturned several times, ending up in someone’s yard near the Glenn’s Creek Road and East Main Street intersection.

Deputies say Bush ran into a wooded area and escaped.  Investigators think he had help and was headed to Lexington.


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Investigators say they found a stolen handgun from Versailles in the car Bush was driving along with evidence of drug trafficking and drug paraphernalia.

Bush is described as 5’10” with dreadlocks, and was wearing a light colored or gray sweatshirt.

Deputies say he may be armed.  Investigators say if you see him, do not approach him, call law enforcement immediately.

Sheriff Melton says at this time, Bush is wanted for:

-Fleeing or Evading 1st Degree on foot and in vehicle

-Reckless Driving

-Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree

-Felon in Possession of a Handgun

-Possession of Stolen Property (firearm)

-Enhanced Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

-Leaving the Scene of an Accidenet

-Speeding 26 or more MPH over the Limit

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Frankfort Police, State Police and the Lexington Police helicopter.