STANFORD - A deer in the roadway helped police stop a high-speed chase early Sunday morning that began after officers tried to stop a vehicle suspected to be stolen.
According to reports, Robert J. Baier, 22, of 125 Ridgeway Road, Stanford, was driving a stolen 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis through Crab Orchard when spotted by State Police Vehicle Enforcement officer Shawn Hines and Sheriff's Deputy Ron Luster. Baier allegedly fled from the police over icy roads at a high rate of speed. At that time officers did not follow due to hazardous road conditions. After police searched for the vehicle on back roads, Baier was spotted again on Ky. 643 before he attempted to flee at a high rate of speed. After about 8 miles, he swerved to miss a deer on Ky. 1770, lost control of the Mercury and struck a fence.
Baier allegedly proceeded to flee police on foot through a wooded area but was caught. He was charged with receiving stolen property-auto, receiving stolen property-purse and contents, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, first-degree fleeing and evading police, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.