Chase just outside Harrison reaches speed of near 125 mph


Photo: Joel Anthony Flowers 

A Hardin County, Kentucky man, 24-year-old Joel Anthony Flowers of Pineyville, entered a not guilty plea through his attorney in Boone County Circuit Court Thursday in connection with a high-speed chase starting in Harrison last month reportedly reaching speeds of 125 miles per hour.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed last week, in the early morning hours of May 25, a Harrison police officer was attempting to locate a car that reportedly rear-ended a vehicle and left the scene of the accident near Clay Maxey Ford on the U.S. Highway 62/65/412 south bypass.

The vehicle was located near the bypass and North Main Street, and the officer attempted a traffic stop. In response, the car accelerated north on U.S. Highway 65, with its driver, later identified as Flowers, turning the vehicle’s lights off near Colton’s Steak House.

The fleeing vehicle continued through the intersection with Arkansas Highway 43 without slowing, ignoring a red traffic signal.

The vehicle reportedly veered left of center and began driving north in the southbound lane at approximately 86 miles per hour. The chase continued outside the city limits of Harrison reaching speeds of about 125 miles per hour.

At the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Center Loop, it appeared Flowers lost control of his vehicle, as he attempted a right-hand turn and crashed into an embankment.

When the fleeing vehicle came to rest, Flowers exited and fled into nearby woods. He was located nearby by Boone County sheriff’s deputies.

Emergency medical services personnel responded to the Harrison Police Department to transport Flowers for suspected injuries.

He has been charged with a felony count of fleeing, along with misdemeanors of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, fleeing and speeding on county roads, as well as a violation of not having liability insurance.

His bond was set at $20,000.

Online court records indicate he is represented by Conway attorney Brad Williams.

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