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A WATERY WRAP-UP: Police chase ends with man in pond

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By Mallory Bilger

A police chase early last Wednesday morning ended with a Taylorsville man diving into a a farm pond off Kings Church Road where law enforcement officials were awaiting him on the other side.

Ryan D. Bingham, 41, of Thomas Lane, was pursued by Mount Washington police officer Michael Stump from downtown Mount Washington, onto Ky. 44 east to Kings Church Road shortly before 4 a.m. Stump said he first attempted to pull Bingham over near Snapp Street in Bullitt County because of erratic driving, but Bingham, who was driving on a suspeneded operator’s license, fled.
“He immediately accelerated to a high rate of speed toward 44,” Stump said. “We turned left onto Ky. 44 East toward Spencer County at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. He swerved into oncoming traffic multiple times and almost struck one vehicle head on.”
Stump said he followed the vehicle onto Kings Church Road and alerted Spencer County law enforcement of the pursuit. He lost sight of Bingham near Whitfield Lane, terminated the pursuit, and attempted to locate Bingham at his residence unsuccessfully.  
“He wasn’t home so I turned around and I was going to come back toward Mount Washington to see if I had missed him,” Stump said.
But the Spencer County Sheriff’s department had also responded to the scene and located Bingham, who abandoned his vehicle in a hayfield east of the Bullitt County line.
“When Spencer County pulled up behind him, he took off running on foot. He went approximately 200 yards and dove into a farm pond. One of the (Spencer County) deputies was waiting on the other side,” he said.
Stump made the arrest with Spencer County’s assistance and charged Bingham with reckless driving, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, first-degree wanton endangerment and resisting arrest.
According to the citation, Bingham refused to put his hands behind his back and refused to walk to the officer’s vehicle at the scene. The citation stated Bingham smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. An empty Bud Light can was also observed in the passenger’s seat.
“I couldn’t charge him (with an alcohol-related offense) because he had asthma real bad,” Stump said. “I knew there was no way we could do a breathalyzer.”
Bingham was transported to the Bullitt County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in Bullitt District Court Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. for a pretrial conference.