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Jonathan Watkins

A Morehead man was arrested last week after police said he took officers on a high-speed chase in Bath County, putting many in danger.

On the night of Saturday, Aug. 17, Owingsville Police Department said they were in the process of setting up a safety checkpoint at the junction of West US 36 and East US 60 (East High Street).

Officers spotted Jonathan K. Watkins of Morehead approaching the checkpoint coming into Owingsville from West US 36.

OPD Officer Justin Sutherland spotted Watkins performing an illegal U-turn and took off at an extreme high rate of speed toward Sharpsburg.

Sutherland pursued Watkins and eventually caught up to him around the junction of East Tunnel Hill and West US 36. Officer Billy Rudd joined the pursuit.

Watkins continued on US 36 at speeds of more than 90 miles per hour, causing two vehicles to run off the roadway.

Sutherland got close enough to the motorcycle to retrieve the motorcycle registration number, and Watkins still continued to flee at the high rate of speed.

Watkins was attempting to get away from Sutherland for around 5.2 miles, but was unable to do so.

At that point Watkins decided to pull over and give up.

Watkins was arrested for felony fleeing and evading police, two counts of second degree wanton endangerment, and numerous other traffic related offenses.

He was remanded to the Clark County Detention Center.

Bath County Sheriff's Department responded to assist in the pursuit.

Brad Stacy can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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