Charges filed against driver injured in crash after chase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:38


Three charges have been filed against a Branchville resident for his alleged part in a long-distance chase that started in Austin.

Kody Anthony Lee Warf, 22, is now facing charges of Level 6 felonies of resisting law enforcement and possession of a narcotic drug and misdemeanor reckless driving in Scott Circuit Court.

The incident began on Saturday, December 16, when Austin Patrolman Anthony Shilow Hurt was assisting at a medical call. He was nearly hit by a vehicle he described in the probable cause affidavit as “…being driven recklessly…” Ptl. Hurt began following the vehicle as it was driven toward the Interstate 65 interchange with State Road 256. He turned on his siren and emergency lights in an attempt to get the vehicle to stop, but it instead was driven onto southbound I-65.

On the interstate, the vehicle began speeding and swerving in and out of traffic, apparently in an attempt to lose the pursuing officer. Ptl. Hurt reported that, at the 28 mile marker, the driver braked twice, allegedly to get the officer to collide with him.

Clark County deputies entered the action as the vehicle and Ptl. Hurt entered that county on I-65. Just north of the Memphis interchange, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and it flipped several times.

Officers moved in as the car settled, but Ptl. Hurt said the driver wasn’t through. He reportedly tried to hit the Austin officer and several Clark County personnel as they attempted to get him out of the vehicle.

Ambulance technicians were called to administer aid. The driver, identified as Warf, and his passengers, two women, were transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

While he was receiving medical attention at the scene, Warf allegedly swallowed a small baggie located in his mouth, EMS technicians reported.

In an inventory of the wrecked vehicle, a man’s coat was found on the floor of the driver’s side. A baggie with nearly four grams of heroin was located in a pocket, the affidavit stated.

A warrant for Warf’s arrest was issued January 3. Bail in the case has been set at $35,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,500 cash.