A Corbin man was arrested Monday morning on charges that he held a woman against her will, and led police on a high-speed chase across the back roads through Gray, Lily and Corbin that almost proved fatal for several officers.
Joshua K. Grigsby, 29, was taken into custody following the chase that began when Knox County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 complaint of a woman being held against her will in a vehicle on Industrial Blvd.
Deputy William Stewart, the department’s public affairs officer, stated that deputies were called to the scene that the female was being held in a white vehicle.
“The deputies observed a white 2016 Chevy Mailbu parked in a driveway near a residence on (Industrial Blvd),” Stewart stated. “As they pulled into the driveway, the white vehicle quickly pulled out of the driveway nearly striking Deputy (Bobby) Jones’ patrol car.”
Jones, along with Deputy Mikey Ashurst pursued the vehicle through Gray, Lily, Keavy.
“While in the Lily area, Corbin Police officers and Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies deployed a tire deflation device at the intersection of Hopkins Cemetery Road and Echo Valley Road as the vehicle approached. The vehicle swerved toward the officers, who had to jump a ditch to keep from being ran over, missing the ‘spikes,’” Stewart stated.
The pursuit continued south through Corbin. Police were able to successfully deploy the spike strips on Bacon Creek Road near the intersection with Cumberland Falls Hwy.
“The two front tires were deflated on the vehicle but it continued onto Cumberland Falls Highway through the Forest Hills Shopping Center and around the old bowling alley where the driver jumped out and fled on foot across a creek and into the woods,” Stewart stated adding the female victim and another passenger remained in the vehicle.
Law enforcement conducted a search of the area and took Gigsby into custody.
Grigsby was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, ten counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, speeding – 26 mph or greater over the limit, and numerous traffic offenses.
In addition, Grigsby was served with an outstanding bench warrant out of Laurel County for failure to appear in court on a charge of convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and a Knox County bench warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of contempt of court.
A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Tyler Williams, 33, of Lily, was charged with resisting arrest, after he allegedly refused to exit the vehicle.
The female victim told police she had been raped and held against her will. Deputy Ashurst is continuing the investigation into those allegations.
Corbin Police, Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police from Post 10 in Harlan and Post 11 in London assisted.
Gigsby and Williams were each lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Grigsby’s bond has been set at $100,000 cash.