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Richmond man arrested in Grant police chase

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By Bryan Marshall

A 23-year-old Richmond man has been arrested in connection with a police chase that ended with a head-on collision with a deputy sheriff’s cruiser.

Christopher Witt turned himself into the Grant County Sheriff’s Office on July 13, two days after a routine traffic stop turned into a pursuit through Grant County.

Witt’s long list of charges include second-degree assault of a police officer, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding, fleeing or evading police and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

A Kentucky State Police trooper clocked a 1995 Chevy Prism, allegedly driven by Witt, going in excess of 90 miles per hour shortly before 9 p.m. July 11 on northbound Interstate 75 between Williamstown and Dry Ridge.

When the trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver drove off the Dry Ridge exit and headed toward Williamstown.

Kentucky State Police was joined by the  Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Williamstown Police in the pursuit.

The cruisers followed the Prism as it crossed over the Williamstown Bridge, which is closed for construction.

The fleeing vehicle was able to avoid stop sticks used to slow the car down.

When the vehicle was forced to turn around on a dead end street in the Sunset Drive area, Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said the Prism struck a cruiser driven by Deputy Mike Wright head on.

The driver left the vehicle and fled on foot.

Law enforcement tracked the suspect toward I-75 Exit 154 in Williamstown with the sheriff department’s K-9 unit to no avail.

Wright was taken to St. Elizabeth Grant County where he was treated and released.

Witt was driving his aunt’s vehicle during the incident.

“He went to his aunt and confessed,” Dills said. “She brought him up here and he cooperated in the interview. He confessed it.”

Witt is lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.