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Two county police chase ends up in Simpsonville

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By Lisa King

A Louisville man has been hospitalized at the University of Louisville after being arrested for leading police on a two-county chase Monday night, ending at the rest stop on I-64 in Simpsonville.

Bobby  Odom, 29, was not injured in the pursuit, but rather, was hospitalized become of some drugs he had taken, said Jeffersontown Police Maj. Steve Griffin.

“He had to be hospitalized because of some narcotics he had ingested,” Griffin said, adding that he did not know Odom’s condition.

Odom incurred several charges in the incident, including wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading police, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and operating on a suspended operator’s license.

Griffin said the chase began in Jeffersontown when police there tried to arrest Odom for several outstanding warrants from Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, as well as Indiana.

Odom led police on a chase that began on Gateway Drive in Jeffersontown, then Odom got onto the interstate, Griffin said, adding that they did not have to use any extreme tactics to finally get him pulled over.

“He just pulled into the rest area and stopped,” he said.

But that’s where Odom’s docility ended, Griffin said.

When officers tried to arrest him, he fought back, but was eventually subdued and taken to the hospital.

He was not lodged in the local detention center, but rather, was taken back to Jefferson County.

Kentucky State Police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office stood by to assist in the incident, but did not have to intervene, Griffin said.