A former Franklin County High School and Kentucky State University football star who fled from Franklin County sheriff’s deputies Sept. 5 is now charged with felony offenses.
Anthony “Roni” Robinson, 33, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury Wednesday for first-degree fleeing or evading police, speeding 26 mph over the limit, reckless driving, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said deputies had information about a drug deal that was supposed to occur and were waiting for it when Robinson pulled up.
“Roni Robinson drives up, sees the police car nearby and suddenly takes off,” Cleveland said.
Deputies chased him with their sirens on, but Robinson allegedly continued to drive, reaching speeds as high as 96 mph and running cars off the road.
During the pursuit on Owenton Road, deputies reached speeds of about 110 mph. Once Robinson stopped, deputies arrested him.
Robinson is known for his athletic career in football and basketball for FCHS. After he graduated 1997, he was convicted of armed robbery in Montgomery County in 1998 and spent 50 months in prison.
After being released, he enrolled at KSU and joined the football team in 2003 after six years away from competitive football. During his senior year, he averaged 101 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry as a running back.
Robinson was also convicted of third-degree trespassing in 1997 and other traffic violations from 2008-2010, including failure to wear a seat belt, failure to maintain required insurance and failure to illuminate headlights.
After leaving KSU, he joined the Frankfort-based semi-pro football team Capital City Wardogs.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Frankfort Youth Football League.