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Suspect flees from officers

What appeared to be a Tuesday afternoon traffic stop turned into a manhunt after the suspect sped away from officers before he could be taken into custody.

McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Chaney initiated a traffic stop on U.S. 27 north of Whitley City around 4:00 p.m. after observing a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly pulled over and provided the officer with his license and registration. As the deputy checked the ID, it was discovered the suspect had outstanding warrants against him in Pulaski County for parole violations on drug trafficking charges.

Deputy Chaney returned to the vehicle to arrest the suspect, identified as Rodney Loveless, of Science Hill, 32, Loveless sped away, leading to a pursuit through Whitley City.

With deputies and Kentucky State Police in pursuit, the suspect left the main highway near downtown Whitley City, and lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a utility pole across from the Dairy Bar restaurant.

Loveless fled from his vehicle and ran into the wooded area behind the State Highway Garage. Officers initiated a search of the area for the suspect.

For a brief time during the search, the campus of the McCreary Center was placed on lock-down for the safety of staff and students.

Officers canvassed the area for several hours, but were not able to locate the suspect, eventually calling off the search due to the weather.

Deputy Chaney is in the process of obtaining a local warrant for Loveless on charges of Fleeing and Evading, Wanton Endangerment and other charges.

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