PARIS, Ky. (FOX 56) — A multicounty chase with a stolen Bourbon County cruiser ended with an arrest and one officer sent to the hospital.

An arrest citation from the Paris Police Department said around 3:30 p.m. Sunday officer attempted a traffic stop on North Main Street just near the Shell gas station. Officers reported smelling cannabis coming from the car.

When asked, the driver said he didn’t have a license with him but did provide a name and birthday that had no record. The citation said he was then asked to step out of the car and the driver repeated the name and birthday. Police reported the information was fake.


The officers then identified Mark A. Shannon, who had a warrant for his arrest. Shannon was arrested and placed into a squad car while authorities searched the car.

Police reportedly found 12 individually wrapped bags of marijuana and a loaded firearm. During the search, one police officer was exposed to a white powered that tested positive for fentanyl. After their exposure, they became dizzy and were transported by emergency medical services to be accessed.

Shannon was then taken from the squad car and placed into a sheriff’s deputy’s truck. Authorities continued to collect evidence when the deputy’s truck drove off beginning the multicounty chase.

The truck went down Main Street onto Lexington Road in the direction of Fayette County, reaching speeds as fast as 104 MPH, according to the citation. The truck left Lexington road and entered I-64 westbound when he hit another police car, damaging both and blowing out a tire. But the truck continued to lead authorities on a chase with only three wheels until the vehicle finally died on Exit 58.

According to the reporting officer, Shannon continued to resist arrest leading authorities to deploy a K-9 officer to finally restrain him.

Shannon was sent to the hospital to be examined before being booked into the Bourbon County Detention Center.

According to the Bourbon County Detention Center, Shannon is charged with having one headlight, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first-offense trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 oz.), first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, first-degree escape, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property over $10,000 but less than $1,000,000, and second-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.