TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Pursuit from McCracken County Armed Robbery at Southern Pride Truck Stop
Date of News Release: 12/20/2009
(Mayfield, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Post 1 was notified of an attempted armed robbery at the Southern Pride truck stop off Interstate 24 in McCracken County. Trooper Eric Fields was patrolling Interstate 24 and proceeded toward the complaint. Trooper Fields met a Calvert City Police Department officer who advised that he was behind the suspect vehicle, a white Chevrolet Camaro driven by the suspect, later identified as Anthony R. Smith, of Paducah.
Trooper Fields, assisted by Calvert City Police Department and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department attempted a felony traffic stop on this vehicle in Livingston County . Mr. Smith refused to yield and accelerated in an attempt to flee, east bound on Interstate 24. Trooper Fields pursued Mr. Smith for approximately 5 miles where Smith exited Interstate 24 at Exit 40 and turned northeast on US 62/641.
Upon reaching the intersection of US 641 and KY 1943, Mr. Smith lost control of his vehicle and exited the roadway while trying to make a left turn. As Mr. Smith was attempting to re-enter the roadway, Trooper Fields attempted to block his path with his cruiser, when Mr. Smith's vehicle collided with the KSP cruiser, causing minor damage to the passenger side bumper of this police cruiser. At this point, Mr. Smith's vehicle became stuck in the mud off the right shoulder of KY 1943 and the driver (Anthony Smith) fled on foot. A female passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Amber L. Davis of Livingston County, was taken into custody without incident.
Trooper David Archer responded with his KSP canine in an attempt to locate Mr. Smith. Troopers and other area officers and deputies were assisting Trooper Archer with the track, when the canine alerted to an area, in a patch of woods, approximately 200 yards from where suspect's vehicle had crashed.
Upon entering the wooded area, Troopers observed Mr. Smith lying on the ground. Troopers gave several verbal commands for Mr. Smith to surrender and show his hands, but he was not compliant. Mr. Smith told Troopers that he had a gun in his waistband. Mr. Smith also stated he had a bomb attached to his person that would detonate. Mr. Smith was taken into custody after a struggle with officers whereby he was Tased by Trooper Derek Smith and Calvert City Police Department Officer Robbie West. During the struggle, Trooper Fields successfully disarmed Mr. Smith of a 9 mm handgun, believed to have been the same gun used in the robbery at Southern Pride. Mr. Smith continued to resist arrest and Troopers had to use force to overcome Mr. Smith's resistance, until he could be restrained in handcuffs. Mr. Smith was transported to Lourdes Hospital where he was treated and released for removal of a Taser probe from a sensitive area (facial area) and injuries sustained from resisting arrest. Note: there was no explosive device found on the person of Anthony Smith.
Mr. Smith and Ms. Davis were transported by the Kentucky State Police back to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department where they were interviewed by deputies concerning the armed robbery complaint. Mr. Smith was later charged by the McCracken County Sheriff's Deparment with Robbery - 1st Degree (note: see the McCracken County Sheriff's Department press release dated 12/20/2009).
Kentucky State Police charged Anthony Smith with the following offenses: fourteen (14) traffic offenses including DUI-4th Offense and Driving DUI Suspended-2nd Offense, Fleeing Evading Police (vehicle)-1st Degree, twelve (12) counts of Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, three (3) counts of Terroristic Threatening-2nd Degree, Assault-4th Degree (pertaining to a minor injury to passenger Amber Davis), Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief-2nd Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Fleeing/Evading Police (on foot)-1st Degree, Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon.
Mr. Smith was also charged by the McCracken County Sheriff's Department on multiple outstanding arrest warrants from Graves and McCracken Counties.
Ms. Amber Davis was lodged in the McCracken County Jail on a charge of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution in the 2nd Degree.
Kentucky State Police were assisted at the scene by the following agencies: Calvert City Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff's Department, Lyon County Sheriff's Department, Marshall County Sheriff's Department, Eddyville Police Department, and Lyon County EMS.