Driver arrested after police chase that started in Shelby

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He was driving a cab that was stopped in Louisville

By Lisa King

A Louisville man has been arrested in connection with a police chase that began in Shelby County on Wednesday.

After three 911 calls from concerned motorists about a possible intoxicated taxi driver, driving erratically on I-64 in rush hour traffic Wednesday, police finally located the yellow cab, driven by Mark A. Olsen, 53, traveling westbound.

Kentucky State Police spokesperson Ron Turley said that KSP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers had headed up the search for the vehicle, and at 4:53 p.m. a CVE Officer located the yellow taxicab on I-64 at Mile Marker 36.

“The officer attempted to stop the reckless taxicab by activating his emergency equipment,” Turley said. “The operator of the yellow taxicab refused to stop and began eluding. Several troopers from the Frankfort Post joined the pursuit to stop the fleeing taxicab.”

Olsen continued driving west on I-64 through Shelby County into Jefferson County, still refusing to stop, all the while speeding and making erratic lane changes.

During the pursuit, the fleeing taxicab operator continued speeding at a high rate and making erratic lane changes.

Turley said that when the cab began to approach heavy traffic in Jefferson County, police made the decision to use force to stop the vehicle, using a method called PIT (Pursuit Immobilization Technique), in which police cause a fleeing vehicle to turn sideways abruptly, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

Turley said after the cab was stopped, Olsen, was arrested without further incident.

He was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center and charged with DUI, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, speeding, reckless driving, resisting arrest, first-degree fleeing and evading police and no insurance.