Police search ongoing for man who fled traffic stop Friday

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By Christopher Brooke

Personnel from several law enforcement agencies are searching the woods between Port Royal and River Road after a suspect crashed a vehicle in a curve on Port Royal Road after a chase and the subject fled on foot.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Steven Dykes, post 5 spokesman, said police from Campbellsburg, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and state police are searching for Zack Ethington, a white male in his early 20s who stands five-feet, one-inch tall and weights 120 pounds.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a Carhartt jacket.

The vehicle chase began in Campbellsburg where Tony Rucker spotted that the occupants of a white sedan were not wearing seatbelts. Rucker got behind the vehicle and turned his blue lights, but the driver did not comply. The vehicle fled down Ky. 55/U.S. 421 and reached speeds in excess of 110 mph, according to Rucker.

The vehicle turned on Port Royal Road and continued at a high rate of speed through Lacie and Port Royal and crashed after losing control in a curve going down the hill towards River Road.

If anyone on foot approaches a vehicle and asks for a ride in that vicinity, Dykes advised them to decline, leave the area and then call the state police as soon as it’s safe.

Police do not know if Ethington has a weapon, but Dykes said he should be considered dangerous. It’s not known why Ethington fled, but Dykes said the man has outstanding warrants.