TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Fatal Crash on Old Burkesville Road in Clinton County, KY
Date of News Release: 01/08/2006
(Columbia, KY) - A Clinton County resident was killed during a Police Pursuit on Old Burkesville Road. Trooper Jeremy Johnson observed a vehicle traveling east on KY Highway 1590 at a high rate of speed. Before Trooper Johnson was able to catch up to the vehicle, the driver turned onto a side road and continued speeding and driving recklessly. After turning west onto Old Burkesville Road, Trooper Johnson lost sight of the vehicle. Approximately one-half mile further down the road, Trooper Johnson discovered the vehicle had left the roadway, struck an earth embankment, and overturned. A passenger, thirty-seven-year-old, Patsy L Phillips of Albany was ejected from the vehicle. Another passenger, nineteen-year-old, Johnathan Earl Wray of Albany attempted to flee the scene, and was caught after a short foot pursuit. The driver of the vehicle, thirty-year-old David Lynn Wray of Byrdstown TN, was transported from the scene by Clinton County EMS along with the other occupants of the vehicle.
Patsy L. Phillips was pronounced dead at the Clinton County Hospital by Clinton County Coroner, Steve Talbott.
Johnathan Earl Wray was charged with Alcohol Intoxication and Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd Degree by Trooper Clint Walker. He was later admitted to the Clinton County Hospital.
David Lynn Wray was a Fugitive from Justice at the time the pursuit began. He was charged on warrants for Being a Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree, Alcohol Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct. Wray was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he remains in custody of the Kentucky State Police. More charges will be filed as the investigation progresses by Accident Reconstructionist, Trooper Dewayne Holder.