High speed chase, bank robbery suspect held on 200K bond

Bernard Russell (Source: Boone County Jail)
Bernard Russell (Source: Boone County Jail)

BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A man who led police on a high-speed chase across three states and robbed two banks in Boone County faced a judge on Friday.

Bernard Russell, 47, was given a 200,000 dollar bond and is currently being held in the Boone County Jail.

According to dispatchers, there was an armed robbery at the Huntington Bank on Richwood Road at around 4 p.m. on Thursday. The same suspect then robbed the Central Bank on Turfway Road in Florence about 10 minutes later.

The suspect then led police on a chase on I-275 that went from Kentucky to Indiana to Ohio. In Ohio, the suspect got on I-74, where he turned around on the median and started to retrace his route. The chase ended at the 2.2 mile marker on eastbound I-275, near the Mineola Pike exit. According to dispatchers, the chase lasted about 25-30 minutes, and reached speeds of 100 mph.

"We were fortunately able to get him stopped after our third try with the stop sticks," said Boone County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Tom Scheben.

The suspect in the chase and robberies is in custody, and has been identified by police as Bernard Russell of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

"All three lanes are pretty crowded and he's driving in and out of them and up the emergency strip," said Scheben. "We're fortunate that there wasn't an accident before this and somebody wasn't hurt."

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