Harley Daniel Bronaugh

Harley Daniel Bronaugh

For NDL

Two Tennessee men were arrested Monday after a high-speed chase ended with them wrecking in a gravel median off the bypass at Herndon Road, Russellville.

William Courtney Johnson, 32, of Clarksville, Tenn. and Harley Daniel Bronaugh, 27, of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn. were both taken into custody and lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

According to police, a call came into the Logan County Emergency Communications Center at approximately 3:35 p.m. from Farmers Hardware in Russellville. The caller stated that a white male had entered the store and removed a DeWalt compact drill, a DeWalt jigsaw, and a DeWalt drill driver valued at $639.

The man left the store and got into a vehicle driven by another white male.

Russellville Police Officer Bill Moore was in the school zone at Russellville High School when he heard the call out from the ECC. Officer Moore observed the vehicle make a right-hand turn onto the Emerson bypass beside Arby's.

Officer Moore attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however, the suspect failed to stop for Moore and accelerated to a high rate of speed on Sportsman Club Road where he entered the bypass at Baker Nature Area.

The suspects continued driving around the City of Russellville being followed by the Russellville Police Department, Logan County Sheriff's Department, and the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force while disregarding traffic lights and stop signs.

After the suspects wrecked the vehicle they were in, officers apprehended them and found them to still be in possession of the stolen items form Farmers Hardware as well as several items of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Both Johnson and Bronaugh were served with warrants from other agencies and were charged with TBUT shoplifting $500 or more, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to register transfer motor vehicle, fleeing or evading 1st degree (motor vehicle), wanton endangerment 1st degree (police officer), wanton endangerment 2nd degree (police officer x4), speeding 26 mph or greater, disregarding a stop sign (x2), disregarding a traffic control device (x3), operating on a suspended /revoked operator's license, and no insurance.