Police: Man shot at, pistol-whipped woman, arrested after pursuit

A shots fired investigation early Wednesday morning on Braden Street led to a high speed pursuit that ended with an arrest on multiple felony charges.

Hopkinsville police officers were called to the 300 block of Braden at about 12:20 a.m. and an arrest citation says 24-year old Chancelor Averitt of Hopkinsville fled in an SUV at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit involving multiple police agencies ended on the Eagle Way Bypass at Eagle Cove and further investigation determined Averitt had a 22-year old female passenger who he was allegedly holding against her will.

Police say he had shot at her and pistol-whipped the victim, causing serious lacerations to her head and face. Averitt told officers he was under the influence of alcohol.

A handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition was located in the vehicle, according to police.

Averitt was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, wanton endangerment, kidnapping with serious injury, aggravated DUI, fleeing or evading police, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and using restricted ammunition during commission of a felony.

He was additionally charged with violation of conditions of release, as Averitt was out on diversion from a 2015 conviction and had a court order after a domestic violence arrest last year that ordered him to not consume alcohol or pick up new charges while out of jail.