Chase starts in Laurel County, ends on I-75 near Berea

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 48-year-old East Bernstadt man allegedly posing as a federal agent and faces a variety of charges after a chase that started in Laurel County and ended on I-75 near Berea.

According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, John Heath Gilbert, of Highway 1376 in East Bernstadt, is charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, impersonating a police officer, fleeing, resisting arrest, speeding and other offenses.

The arrest occurred on I – 75 northbound lanes near Berea following a pursuit that started in Laurel County at the junction of US 25 and KY 490 approximately two miles north of London. Laurel County deputies received a complaint about a man posing as a federal agent allegedly pointing a gun at two adults and a 6-year-old at a home on Little Arthur Ridge Road four miles north of London, according to Root.

The man fled in a silver Cadillac CTS and the victims followed him, keeping deputies apprised of his location, Root said.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at KY 490 and US 25 but the Cadillac  failed to stop, driving instead reckless through Mount Vernon where Mount Vernon officers used stop sticks to flatten the tires.

But the man, later identified as Gilbert, continued northbound on I-75 driving on the car’s rims. The car wrecked near the Berea just inside of Madison County on I-75, Root said.

The suspect attempted to flee on foot over a guard rail but was captured following a brief struggle with officers, according to the sheriff.

During his initial appearance in district court Friday, his bond was set at $25,000 cash.

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