The Midway man who allegedly led police on a 9-mile chase throughout downtown Frankfort last week has the highest number of counts charged against him that a prosecutor has seen in 18 years.
County Attorney Rick Sparks said the 64 counts that 29-year-old George Baxter is charged with is the highest number he’s seen, but he’s not certain if it’s the highest ever in Franklin County.
Baxter appeared in Franklin District Court Tuesday, but his preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Sept. 3.
Franklin District Judge Kathy Mangeot kept his bond at $122,485 despite Baxter being deemed a low-risk by pretrial services.
A Kentucky State Police trooper attempted to pull Baxter over around 11:55 p.m. Aug. 13 after he allegedly failed to use a turn signal when turning onto Ann Street from Broadway.
“When I activated my emergency equipment, subject knowingly and intentionally fled from me,” the trooper wrote in the citation.
Baxter allegedly led the trooper through downtown Frankfort and several subdivisions, at times driving the wrong way on one-way streets.
He allegedly reached speeds of 100 mph and turned off his headlights.
After Baxter was stopped, he allegedly “resisted several orders to surrender his hands and failed to do so and was forced into handcuffs,” the citation said.
He is charged with 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of fleeing or evading police, one count of resisting arrest, one count of speeding, three counts of disregarding traffic regulation, 17 counts of disregarding a stop sign, five counts of disregarding a traffic control device, 24 counts of failure to use signal and one count of failure to illuminate headlamps.
Baxter has previously been convicted of speeding seven times and reckless driving twice, among other charges.