TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Juvenile Leads Police on Three County Pursuit
Date of News Release: 01/15/2006
(Calvert City, KY) On January 15, 2006 at 12:51AM, The Livingston County Sheriff's Department notified Kentucky State Police Post 1 of Mayfield that they were in pursuit of a 1995 Ford van Eastbound on Highway 62. Deputy Jim Wilson got the vehicle stopped just inside Lyon County. As Deputy Wilson was approaching the vehicle, the suspect fled the scene. The suspect entered Lyon County where it stopped yet again with the driver refusing verbal commands from Deputy Wilson to exit the vehicle. The driver then fled the area again. While traveling Eastbound on Highway 62 the suspect met Eddyville Police Officer Wiley Pinson. In an attempt to continue to flee, the driver then turned her vehicle heading Westbound. In an attempt to stop the suspect, Officer Pinson attempted to pass the suspect when she struck his cruiser, a 2001 Ford Crown Vic, in the passenger side causing Officer Pinson to loose control. Officer Pinson's cruiser came to a final rest in a culvert. As officers stopped to assist Officer Pinson and his Canine partner, Goucho, a German Shepherd, the suspect continued into Marshall County. Lyon County Ambulance Service treated Officer Pinson and Goucho on scene for minor injuries and transported Officer Pinson to Caldwell County Hospital, where he was later released.
Kentucky State Police notified Marshall County Sheriffs Department of the pursuit and had officers dispatched to the area to observe for the vehicle. Calvert City Police Officer Robbie West made contact with the fleeing vehicle on Highway 62 at the Interstate 24 interchange. As Officer West activated his emergency equipment, the suspect fled Westbound on I24 reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph before sideswiping a vehicle driven a 78 year old resident of Columbia MO. The suspect vehicle then left the Interstate striking a concrete overpass at the 23-½ mile marker head on. Officer West was able to extricate the suspect from her vehicle prior to it becoming engulfed in fire. Both MO residents were treated on scene for minor injuries by Marshall County Ambulance Service, but refused transport to a local Hospital. The driver of the suspect vehicle, a 17-year-old female from Metropolis Illinois, was transported to Marshall County ER where she was treated and released back into police custody. The juvenile was lodged in the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center.
Trooper Brad Ramsey charged the juvenile with Fleeing and Evading 1st, Criminal Mischief 1st, Assault 2nd, Assault on a Service Animal 2nd, No Insurance, and Driving under the influence 1st aggravated. These charges all stem from the incidents in Lyon County. Trooper Brian Duvall, subsequently charged the juvenile with Fleeing and Evading 1st, two counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st, and No Insurance. These charges stem from the accident in Marshall County. Further Charges are pending from Livingston County Sheriffs Department, Lyon County Sheriffs Department, Eddyville Police Department, and Calvert City Police Department. Livingston County, Lyon County and Marshall County Sheriffs Department, Eddyville and Calvert City Police Departments, Lyon and Marshall County Ambulance Services, Palma-Briensburg and Possum Trot - Sharpe Volunteer Fire Departments all assisted the Kentucky State Police.