Versailles Man Lands in Morgan County Jail After Leading Authorities on a Pursuit and Manhunt

Crime Local News Monday, December 5th, 2022

An attempted traffic stop over the weekend comes to an end in Morgan County but not before the driver led authorities on a pursuit and then a short manhunt.

Sheriff Norman Dills says 40-year-old Richard Russell Rhea reached speeds in Versailles in excess of 70-miles-per-hour before entering private property north of Rabbit Lane and driving through the woods, creeks and a pasture.

A perimeter was set up with the help of Versailles police, the highway patrol, the conservation department  and the Morgan County K-9…Pelki.

Pelki almost immediately picked up on Rhea’s scent before locating him a short distance from the stolen vehicle used in the pursuit.

At the time of the incident, Rhea was on probation-parole for burglary and stealing.

He now also faces felony charges of tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage and resisting arrest.

Rhea is being held on no bond in the Morgan County Jail with an arraignment which is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Crime Local News Monday, December 5th, 2022

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