A Lewis County man wanted in a string of residential and fire department burglaries was arrested Tuesday after leading authorities on a 60-mile pursuit through three counties in a stolen pickup.

According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Dwayne Stone received a tip about 1 p.m. while patrolling in the Laurel area that Brandon Fannin had returned to the area and was traveling southbound on Laurel Road in an orange 2001 Ford F-250 pickup.

Stone located the vehicle and attempted to pull it over, but the driver, later identified as Fannin, refused to stop and sped away, the sheriff’s department said.

Stone chased the suspect into Carter and Rowan counties. He eventually lost contact with the vehicle, but radioed other officers to advise them the suspect may be heading back into Lewis County on Ky. 377, the sheriff’s department said.

A short time later, Fannin pulled out of McCleese Hollow, in front of Deputy Gary Sparks. Sparks chased the suspect toward the Lewis-Rowan County line, where Deputy Tom Polley and Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Lewis had set up a roadblock.

Fannin stopped at the roadblock and was removed from the vehicle at gunpoint and taken into custody, the sheriff’s department said.

The truck Fannin was driving had been reported stolen from Fleming County, according to the sheriff’s department.

Two women who were with Fannin during the chase, April Lightner, 22, of Vanceburg, and Nancy Wilson, 22, of Ewing, were arrested on charges of receiving stolen property.

The two women allegedly drove a car believed to have been used by Fannin in the burglaries, a silver Pontiac Bonneville, to Taylor’s Recycling on Cranston Road in Rowan County Wednesday morning and sold it for scrap. The vehicle was crushed, loaded onto a truck and hauled to another scrap yard.

After selling the car, the women walked down the road from the scrap yard and were picked up by Fannin, the sheriff’s department said.

Fannin was charged with receiving stolen property, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree fleeing or evading police and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, all in connection with the chase. He was charged in separate warrant with the burglaries.

All three suspects were lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.


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