Wednesday, June 30, 2010

High Speed Chase Leads To Criminal Charges

A Putnam County man has been charged with evading arrest and driving on a revoked license after allegedly leading sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Jeremy Nash says it began when he responded to the area of Claude Loftis Road on a report of a suspicious vehicle. Someone called the sheriff's office saying that he had noticed a man get out of a red Saturn and apparently hide something in the bushes before getting back in the car. Deputy Chris Brown soon spotted that vehicle and attempted to flag them down, but they kept going. That's when Nash parked his patrol car at the next intersection, partially blocking the roadway and turning on his blue lights. He says the vehicle went around his patrol car, nearly striking the back end of it and continued down the road at a high rate of speed. He says the vehicle then ran a stop sign and ended up in a hayfield, but travelled through that field until it crashed into the woods. The driver, identified as 36-year-old Christopher Kevin Padgett of Edgewood Drive, then ran into the woods, but was captured when he came out on the other side. There is no indication on the report as to why Padgett fled from the traffic stop.