Vevay Police officers along with law enforcement officials on both sides of the Ohio River are still searching for a suspect after an early morning incident that moved from Kentucky to Indiana.
At approximately 2 a.m. on Monday morning, deputies with the Boone County, Kentucky Sheriff’s office responded to a report of a suspicious person who was at the Marathon Gas Station located on Verona-Mudlick Road in Boone County.
According to a press release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies were dispatched to the Marathon in response to a suspicious person in a car who had been there for an inordinate amount of time. After the man was ordered out of the car and was being detained he fought with two deputies, pushed them away and got to his car where one of the deputies attempted to utilize a taser on him and as he started forward the other deputy discharged his weapon striking the car.
Vevay Police Chief James Richards said that at approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning, Vevay Officer Austin Boggs received a radio communication concerning a vehicle pursuit coming from the State of Kentucky from the Markland Dam, and heading towards Vevay. Switzerland County dispatch advised Boggs that Gallatin County Sheriff’s Officers were in pursuit of the vehicle, a gray Chevrolet Cobalt.
Chief Richards said that Officer Boggs joined the pursuit near the 800 block of East Main Street, and the suspect continued traveling west on Main Street at approximate speeds of 90-100 miles per hour.
The Cobalt turned north onto Ferry Street, and the suspect then left his vehicle and fled on foot in an unknown direction. A perimeter was set in the area, with assistance from the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police.
Then just before 6 a.m., officers received a report of a stolen vehicle from the home of Keith and Rebecca Smith at the corner of Market and Main Cross streets. The stolen vehicle was a maroon Nissan Rouge, with Indiana license plate XZO 392.
Ironically, this is the second vehicle stolen from in front of the Smith home in less than a year. Rebecca Smith’s son, Zack Whitaker, had his vehicle stolen last fall.
On Monday at approximately 8:15 p.m. Boone County Sheriff’s investigators obtained an arrest warrant for David P. Vaughn, 32 recently of Florence, Kentucky, after spending the day identifying him as the suspect in this case. Vaughn is described as a white male, 5’8”, 341 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is charged with Tampering with physical evidence, Assault 3rd degree (2 counts), Possession of heroin, Wanton endangerment 1st degree (2 counts), and Fleeing or evading police, 1st degree.
As of Wednesday morning, the vehicle had not yet been recovered, and Vaughn was still at large.
Officers with the Vevay Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department are asking anyone who may have information about this incident or David Vaughn to call (812) 427-3737; 911; or CrimeStoppers. Citizens are advised not to approach Vaughn or the vehicle, if you encounter either.