A Madison County grand jury indicted a 35-year-old North Carolina man Thursday after allegedly leading Kentucky State Police on a high-speed chase in May.

Firest Dennis was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree fleeing or evading police, both Class D felonies, along with operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license and failure to maintain required insurance.

He also incurred several violations, including no/expired registration receipt, no motorcycle operator’s license, failure to signal, speeding, reckless driving, improper display of registration plates, improper passing, improper turning, improper use of left lane or overtaking vehicle, disregarding stop sign and disregarding traffic control device.

KSP Trooper Edwin Botkins spotted Dennis on I-75 traveling on a motorcycle at a very fast speed (over the limit of 70 mph) near Berea, he said during court testimony in July.

Botkins turned on his cruiser lights and siren, and Dennis began to make his way over to the slow lane, he said.

“He started to pull off, and got off on the shoulder,” Botkins said. “He looked back at a female passenger, tapped her leg and took off.”

Seven KSP troopers on speed detail joined the chase, Botkins said.

Dennis eventually was caught off Boggs Lane after he pulled off onto Exit 87.

“One cruiser was going so fast that he almost hit the guardrail getting off Exit 87,” Botkins said.

Dennis wove in and out of traffic passing at least 40 cars, he said.

Botkins said his cruiser topped out at 135 mph, and at that point, he was only within visual distance of Dennis, who was riding a motorcycle Botkins described as a “crotch rocket.”

“If he would have stayed on the Interstate, we would have never caught him,” Botkins said. “It was one of the fastest manufactured bikes available.”

If convicted, Botkins could serve up to 20 years in prison, a year in jail and $500 in fines.

The grand jury also indicted:

• Randy Abrams, 41, of Waco, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree persistent felony offender, operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended for DUI, first offense, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, second offense, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, second offense and possession of open alcohol beverage container in a vehicle. If convicted, Abrams could serve up to 15 years in prison, a year in jail, a $500 fine and other possible fines and jail time. (KSP)

• Justin Hunt, 20, of Richmond, first-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled substance prescription not in original container and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, second offense. If convicted, Hunt could serve up to five years in prison, 18 months in jail, a $750 fine and other possible jail time and fine. (MSO)

• Bryan J. Robinson, 24, of Richmond, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. If convicted, Robinson could serve up to five years in prison. (RPD)

• Harold T. Covington, 50, unknown address, first-degree possession of controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender. If convicted, Covington could serve up to 20 years in prison. (RPD)

• Shelby Joe Short Jr., 27, unknown address, possession of drug paraphernalia, subsequent offense, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree persistent felony offender, theft by unlawful taking under $300 and second-degree possession of controlled substance. If convicted, Short Jr. could serve up to 20 years in prison, two years in jail and $1,000 fine. (RPD)

• Robert Archibald, 29, unknown address, first-degree possession of controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, Archibald could serve up to 10 years in prison, two years in jail and $1,000 fine. (RPD)

• Susan R. Mundy, 44, of Richmond, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. If convicted, Mundy could serve up to five years in prison, 18 months in jail and $750 fine. (RPD)

• James King, 37, unknown address, tampering with physical evidence and sexual misconduct. If convicted, King could serve up to five years in prison, a year in jail and $500 fine.

• Justin Ryan Hyatt, unknown age and address, third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. If convicted, Hyatt could serve up to 10 years in prison. (RPD)

• Jack Lee Beasley, 18, of Richmond, receiving stolen property over $300. If convicted, Beasley could serve up to five years in prison. (RPD)

• Letisha Stamper, 31, unknown address, receiving stolen property over $300. If convicted, Stamper could serve up to five years in prison. (KSP)

• David Allen Johnson, 44, of Richmond, receiving stolen property. If convicted, Johnson could serve up to five years in prison. (RPD)

• Sylvia Renfro, 43, of Richmond, two counts of making a false statement to receive benefits over $100. If convicted, Renfro could serve up to 10 years in prison. (OIG)

• Dwight Donald Rose, 29, of Waco, operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended for DUI, third offense. If convicted, Rose could serve up to five years in prison. (BPD)

An indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

Bryan Marshall can be reached at bmarshall@richmondregister.com or 624-6691.

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