Pursuit of stolen car ends with arrest

A pursuit of a stolen vehicle Thursday night led to the arrest of a Hopkinsville man on multiple felony charges.

The Hopkinsville police department began an investigation after 24-year old Kenneth Longstreath after he allegedly left the East Ninth Dollar General Store in a Mercedes Benz that did not belong to him.

The car was spotted at the Crofton Huck’s and Deputy Rick Burgess attempted to make a traffic stop on Madisonville Road. An arrest citation says Longstreath reached speeds of 108 mph as he continued south and nearly struck a Kentucky State Police trooper head-on as he passed other vehicles.

He turned off the roadway and went through a fence near Lake Blythe Road and continued into a field. Longstreath eventually abandoned the car on foot and ran, ignoring warnings that a K9 would be released.

The dog chased him across a field, over a fence, through a creek, over another fence and over a second fence. Longstreath was found hiding in a wood pile and he allegedly struck the dog several times after he was bitten on the arm.

Longstreath was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for medical clearance and then lodged in the Christian County Jail.

He’s charged with felony auto theft, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, DUI, receiving stolen property and other offenses.