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Last updated on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
(BEDFORD) - The man who led police officers on a high speed chase Saturday night remains free - but police know who he is.
Lawrence County Chief Deputy Mike Branham says the man was identified and the paperwork has been filed with the prosecutor's office so a warrant can be issued for his arrest.
The chase began when a Lawrence County police officer attempted to stop the driver for a traffic violation on Kentucky Hollow Road near Needmore.
The driver then fled west on Trogdon Road, onto Ind. 37 and continued south.
The officer then reported the occupants of the vehicle were throwing what looked like baggies out of the car window near Hills Construction.
The vehicle crashed around midnight on Walton Road in Washington County. More than 18 police officers were involved in the chase.
Washington County Sheriff Claude Combs was standing outside his residence on State Road 60 West, when the car came by. He estimated the speed at 80 miles per hour.
Earlier reports estimated the car to have been traveling at up to 100 mph. Combs says the vehicle hit stop sticks which had been placed by police on Ind. 60 near his driveway.
The vehicle continued on about a half mile, turning right on West Washington School Road, cut through the Westview Church parking lot and across a field, crashing into an embankment on Walton Road.
The driver fled on foot.
A female passenger was injured. She was flown by air ambulance to University of Louisville hospital for a broken nose and facial injuries and was later released.
According to police logs the woman suffered a broken nose and facial injuries and was treated and released and would be returning to her home in Martinsville.
Utilizing thermal imaging units, local officers searched the area for several hours in an attempt to locate the driver, but were unsuccessful.
Currently, Lawrence County officers are working with nearby agencies to locate the driver of the vehicle. At this time, however, his whereabouts remain unknown.
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