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Indictment returned for Feb. pursuit

An Owensboro teen was indicted Thursday after he allegedly led police officers on a pursuit down Lexington Avenue in February.

Arthur Bangs, 18, was charged in the indictment with failure to illuminate headlamps, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief and no operator’s license.

According to court records, Bangs was observed by Winchester Police officers around 12:51 a.m. Feb. 26 as he drove down Lexington Avenue without the car’s headlights on. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver continued down the road, crossing the center line several times and swerving toward another Winchester Police cruiser.

Officers deployed stop sticks, which deflated the tires on the suspect’s vehicle, which continued across Bypass Road before it spun and struck a Winchester Police cruiser. The two vehicles stopped in the parking lot near Applebees, where officers turned off the car and removed Bangs through the passenger side door.

Bangs later told police he fled because he was afraid, and that he took meth the previous day and had been up for four days.

The following indictments were returned Thursday by the Clark County grand jury.

— Eric L. Dennis, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (three counts), first-degree persistent felony offender.

— Gertrude E. Winkler, second-degree escape, second-degree persistent felony offender.

— William K. Hatton, second-degree escape, second-degree persistent felony offender.

— Tornell Dante Fisher, receiving stolen property (firearm), convicted felon in possession of a handgun, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, second-degree persistent felony offender.

— James B. Allen, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree persistent felony offender.

— Paul D. Smith, first-degree promoting contraband, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

— Johnny Ray Dargavell, public intoxication, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

— Amanda J. York, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

— Tracy Chadwell, theft by unlawful taking, convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

— Tracy Chadwell, receiving stolen property .

— Gerald Andrews Sr., first-degree bail jumping (two counts).

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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