• Bail set at $25k for man charged in multi-county police chase

    by  • March 17, 2014 • News

    Bail has been set at $40,000 for a 49-year-old Louisville man charged in a multi-county police chase from Clay County and into Marion County that resulted in at least two squad cars being damaged. police chase

    According to reports, Carl Lee Swift, of Louisville, fled from a Casey’s General Store in Clay City, after a Clay County deputy responded to a call of a suspicious man. Swift reportedly fled down U.S. Highway 50 into Marion County, where he was finally apprehended in Salem.

    Swift reportedly rammed the Clay County squad car nearly head on, before the chase continued on U.S 50 into Salem, where Marion County deputies joined in the chase.

    He allegedly came close to hitting a civilian vehicle head on while fleeing down Route 37, and a short time later rammed a Marion County squad car in the driver’s side, as the deputy tried to block the road.

    But Swift wasn’t stopped there; he continued down Highway 37 until the car he was driving apparently ran out of gas.

    He then refused to get out of the car that had been reported stolen Saturday night in Flora, and had to be pulled from the car by deputies.

    Swift remains in the Marion County jail, he was formally charged Monday in Marion County Court with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing through two or more traffic control devices, and driving while license revoked or suspended, as well as misdemeanor resisting a peace officer.

    A public defender was appointed to represent him,  and he is next scheduled to appear in court on April 4.