Chase suspect arraigned on multiple charges, asks to be extradited

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man arrested after a daring police chase throughout southwest Jefferson County Tuesday remains behind bars, facing dozens of felony charges.

Travis Mettling is charged with multiple counts of wanton endangerment involving police officers, reckless and careless driving as well as an assault charge from his brother, to name a few.

The dramatic police chase unfolded live from Sky11 around 10 a.m. With two Metro police cars in his rear view mirror, Mettling continued to drive through crowded streets of Jeffersontown and Shively.

"Definitely something you don't see around J-town at all," a witness to the chase said.

An hour later, police were ready to make their final move. A Metro police car slammed into Mettling's car, causing him to fishtail and spin out of control. Moments later, an undercover Jeffersontown police officer in a Ford Super-Duty pick up truck delivered the last blow. With guns drawn, police arrested Mettling on the spot.

Less than 24 hours later, he appeared in two separate courtrooms. First for previous drug charges and a bench warrant for a failure to appear.

"The attorney you had has withdrawn from representing you," Circuit Court Judge Barry Willett said.

Due to Mettling's latest charges, Willett increased his bond to $100,000 and appointed him a public defender.

An hour and half later, Mettling also appeared in District Court, in front of Judge Eric Haner, on dozens of felony charges issued to him after Tuesday's chase.

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