TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Stolen Truck, Stolen Gas, Pursuit and Arrest
Date of News Release: 10/23/2007
(MAYFIELD, KY.) On 10/23/2007 at 9:16AM, Kentucky State Police dispatch received a call from the Graves County Sheriff's Department advising a red pickup truck had just been stolen from the Eagle Express Gas Station across from the Graves County High School. A second call came in from the Raceway gas station located on U.S. 45 advising a red pickup truck had just driven off without paying for $25.02 in gas. Trooper Joe Gregory was observing for the vehicle when he located the truck on U.S. 45 at KY. 408. He activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle. At 9:20AM, Trooper Gregory advised post he was in pursuit Northbound on U.S. 45. The pursuit continued into McCracken County at speeds in excess of 90-MPH. The McCracken County Sheriff's Department joined the pursuit at KY 999. Immediately thereafter the truck crossed the median and struck a southbound Ford mini-van driven by 37-year-old John M. Mason of Benton. After the initial impact, both vehicles struck the guardrail before coming to rest. A 14 year-old male juvenile was taken into custody without incident. Mason was transported to Western Baptist Hospital and treated for neck and shoulder injuries. The juvenile was charged with Fleeing and Evading 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, No Operator's License and No Seatbelt in Use. He was lodged in the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center. The Graves County Sheriff's Department will pursue charges for the theft of the vehicle and the theft of the gas. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Joe Gregory and Crash Reconstructionist Trooper First Class Chris Anderson.