LANCASTER - The young man who died early Friday after crashing along Sugar Creek Road was fleeing a Garrard County constable, an elected official with the powers of a police officer.
Bruce Adams spotted a reckless driver in a Nissan Sentra late Thursday night, said Kentucky State Police, and gave chase with his emergency lights flashing.
Four miles down Sugar Creek Road the Nissan's driver, Joel E. Newcomb, 23, missed a curve, drove 100 feet off the road and slammed into a tree. Newcomb was airlifted to University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he died early Friday morning. His passenger, whom KSP has not identified, was taken to Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford. His or her condition is unknown.
Newcomb, who was from Nicholasville, had an extensive record of arrests, including three for driving under the influence dating to 1998. The latest came on Feb. 8, 2003, in Lancaster. At the time of his death he had an outstanding bench warrant for failing to complete a drug and alcohol education class.