What started as a encounter with Boone County, Kentucky sheriff’s deputies and a suspect turned into a high speed chase that ended in Vevay last Monday morning then turned into a stolen car and incidents over several states last week, but the person responsible is now in custody.
According to law enforcement officers in Tennessee. David Paul Vaughn, 32, was captured and arrested on Friday night without incident at a hotel in Dickson, Tennessee. He was taken into custody by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; who had been involved in the case as of the day before.
It all began at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday morning, March 19th, when 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.
As officers responded to the scene, they encountered a suspect and a struggle ensued. The suspect then managed to flee in his vehicle, and deputies reportedly fired multiple gunshots at the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect, but they were successful. There were no injuries at the station.
The suspect was later identified as Vaughn.
Officers then gave chase to Vaughn, who was driving a gray Chevrolet Cobalt, and that chase led across the Markland Dam and into Switzerland County and Vevay. Officers located the vehicle in the Opera House parking lot at Ferry and Pike streets, but it was unoccupied.
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.
Vaughn and the vehicle then eluded authorities, and weren’t heard from again until Wednesday night, when Vaughn allegedly robbed a drug store in Pensacola, Florida.
According to WKRC TV, Vaughn was caught on surveillance video holding up a Walgreen’s drug store in Pensacola. Police there said that he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded pills. A manager of the store said that Vaughn stole opioids from the store.
With the manhunt now centered in Florida, Vaughn apparently then began to make his way back north; and on Thursday, March 22nd, at approximately 9:05 p.m., law enforcement located and took possession of the vehicle stolen in Vevay on Monday morning. The car was found in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee but was unoccupied, and Vaughn was still at large. As the vehicle was found, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation got involved in the case, and began to work with local and state law enforcement officials on tracking down Vaughn.
That cooperation led to Vaughn’s location and arrest on Friday night.
The TBI said Vaughn was also wanted on charges of aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 related to a January 9th incident; along with being a suspect in the vehicle theft here and in connection with a home invasion and an assault on a law enforcement officer from Boone County, Kentucky; as well as the Armed Robbery in Pensacola.