Police pursuit starts in Clarksville, ends with crash on Fern Valley Rd.


by Johnny Archer


Posted on March 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 6:19 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A chase that started in Clarksville, Ind. and ended in Louisville, Ky. has left the suspect injured and behind bars.

According to documents released from Metro Corrections, George Conley, 37, forced his ex-girlfriend into a stolen car in Louisville and drove her to Clarksville, IN against her will. The ex-girlfriend told police Conley said he was going to kill both of them by engaging in a police pursuit.

Weaving in and out of traffic, Conley, who is from Louisville, led Clarksville police on a chase that ended in a crash at Fern Valley Road around 1:30 a.m.

“He apparently has a protective order against him with the girl in the car,” Maj. Darrell Rayborn said. “She reported he picked her up in the car in Louisville, drove her over to Indiana and she tried to get out of the car and he forced her back into the car. I’m assuming a short time later, officers saw the car traveling at a high rate of speed and tried to stop it.”

The police chase started at Lewis and Clark Parkway near the Green Tree Mall in Clarksville, where an officer noticed a Jeep Cherokee speeding and driving recklessly. When the officer ran the license plate, he found the car was stolen. That was when the officer turned on the lights and siren and police say that is when Conley attempted to flee.

Conley drove 13 miles south on I-65 were he got off at the Fern Valley Road exit near the Ford plant in Louisville. Police said he lost control and crashed the Jeep. His ex-girlfriend was not injured in the crash. Police say Conley attempted to run on foot from the crash site.

“From the report, he didn’t get very far,” Rayborn said. “After the crash, he attempted to get out and run, but officers were right there and he didn’t get very far.”

Conley was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. One Clarksville officer received a chipped tooth and injured his elbow. Another officer injured his leg. Police say both officers had minor injuries from the foot pursuit. 

Conley faces seven counts in Clark County including criminal confinement, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, battery to a law enforcement, violation of protective order, criminal recklessness with a vehicle and reckless driving.

Conley will also face charges in Louisville first related to the chase. He is currently in Metro Corrections and is expected to be arraigned Saturday morning for violating an EPO and unlawful imprisonment.