Bardstown man arrested Friday night on car theft, drug-related charges


Saturday, Jan. 12, 2018 — A Bardstown man faces numerous charges after he was apparently involved in the theft of several vehicles Friday before crashing a stolen Volvo into a pond on Nelsonville Road.

Evan James Lyons, 24, of Bardstown faces numerous charges following an investigation that involved numerous members of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.


Following up on stolen vehicle reports and with reports from citizens who saw the alleged suspect, deputies eventually located Lyons. He led them in a stolen vehicle on a short pursuit on Nelsonville Road that ended when he crashed into a pond. He fled on foot but was apprehended by officers.

Lyons was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000 (auto); reckless driving; fleeing or evading police, first-degree, motor vehicle; fleeing or evading police, second-degree, on foot; wanton endangerment, first-degree (police officer); wanton endangerment, first-degree; possession of controlled substance, first-degree (methamphetamine); possession of marijuana; operating on a suspended operators license; possession of drug paraphernalia; wanton endangerment, first-degree; violation of a Kentucky protective order; no registration plates; disregarding stop sign.

Lyons was first located just past noon Friday when he was seen in a stolen vehicle on Poplar Flat Cemetery Road. Witnesses told police that when they arrived in the area, they saw Lyons leave the area on foot. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate Lyons.

At about 1:50 p.m., while police were still investigating the first stolen vehicle, they received a report of a 1997 Chevy pickup truck that was stolen from a home on nearby Pinehurst Drive. That vehicle was later recovered at about 4 p.m. in a field behind a home on Old Bloomfield Road. — where Lyons apparently stole another vehicle, a 2004 Volvo station wagon.

Based on tips from eyewitnesses, officers searched for Lyons and the vehicle in the area of North Third Street and Daugherty Avenue but did not locate either. He was later reportedly still driving the Volvo on his way to an address on Nelsonville Road near Boston.

At about 6:08 p.m., officers on Nelsonville Road located Lyons in the vehicle. After a brief pursuit by police, Lyons’ vehicle ran off the road into a pond. He was taken into custody without incident.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.

Lyons was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.


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