Police: Bowling Green man led high-speed chase on motorcycle

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. – A man is behind bars after police say he fled on a motorcycle in Logan County.

On Dec. 2 around 1:45 p.m., Logan County Dispatch received a call on a blue motorcycle traveling at a fast speed and driving recklessly on U.S. 6880 Bypass near Terry Wilcutt Highway.

Russellville Police Department officers nearby at a Walmart for another incident witnessed the motorcycle fitting the description enter the parking lot.

Police say the motorcycle fled after an officer attempted to speak with the operator, Trace Cowles, 19, of Bowling Green.

The motorcycle then drove onto Highland Lick Road before traveling on a concrete divider in the road.

The operator then fled on Hopkinsville road, police say. A Russellville Police Department officer at that location was notified of the motorcycle before police say he witnessed it run a stop light.

Russellville police lost visual and did not pursue the operator at this time.

On Highland Lick Road, a Logan County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the motorcycle and shut down the intersection of Bethel Street and West Fourth Street. Police say as the motorcycle entered the intersection, circled a deputy’s vehicle and continued the pursuit from Bethel Street to West Second Street.

At the intersection of West Second Street and North Main Street, the motorcycle ran a stop light and collided with a small SUV, which resulted in no reported injuries, police say.

Police say the motorcycle operator then ran.

Cowles was detained by deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. The Russellville Police Department arrested Cowles, who they say possessed drugs and a firearm.

Cowles is in the Logan County Detention Center, where he faces charges of two counts of disregarding a traffic light, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first offense, first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess, second-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.