Three Florida residents were arrested Monday morning following a high-speed chase that started in Elizabethtown and ended in Shepherdsville as speeds reached 120 mph on Interstate 65, according to Kentucky State Police.
Jerome Chubb, 50, of Tampa; Omar Hillman, 36, of Lake Placid, and Kelly King, 31, of Bradenton face felony charges. Chubb, the driver of a 2016 silver Malibu, was arrested on eight felony charges.
According to an arrest citation, Kentucky State Police troopers saw the Malibu speeding near the 91-mile marker in Elizabethtown in the northbound lane and an attempt to pull the vehicle over was initiated. Chubb then sped up and a 31-mile chase began, ending in Bullitt County near mile marker 120 after he had avoided spike strips in the roadway.
Chubb is charged with five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer; one count of first-degree wanton endangerment; first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle — all Class D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted. He also is charged with first-degree possession of cocaine, a Class D felony punishable by one to three years in prison, if convicted.
According to a citation, Chubb attempted to side swipe a trooper’s vehicle during the pursuit and “erratically changed lanes endangering other motorists and passengers in the vehicle.”
A glass crack cocaine pipe was found in the vehicle containing what is suspected to be crack cocaine. Chubb said he fled because he had no driver’s license and he smokes crack cocaine every day.
He also is charged with speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree criminal mischief for reportedly causing damage to a trooper’s vehicle.
Hillman is charged with first-degree possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and third-degree assault on a police or probation officer — a Class D felony punishable by one to five years, if convicted. He reportedly kicked a state trooper as he was being taken out of the Malibu.
Hillman was subdued by the use of a Taser, according to his citation.
King is charged with first-degree possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The men are to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Hardin District Court.