TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Pursuit & Arrest in McCracken County
Date of News Release: 06/28/2011
(Mayfield, Ky) -- Trooper T. J. Williams was stationary just east of the 16 mile marker on I-24 at 8:25 A.M. this morning when he observed 3 motorcycles traveling westbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicles were clocked by radar at 127 mph. Trooper Williams activated his emergency equipment when two of the three motorcycles yielded and pulled to the shoulder of the roadway. The accused failed to yield and fled west on I-24 at a high rate of speed. Trooper Williams pursued the motorcycle as it exited off onto Exit 11 northbound on KY 450 (John Puryear Highway). The motorcycle later traveled eastbound on US 60 (Clarks River Road) passing vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway. The motorcycle later turned east onto US 68 and then went back eastbound on I-24. He continued on I-24 passing vehicles on the shoulder, and then after observing another state trooper ahead of him, he crossed the grassy median and continued back westbound on I-24. The accused continued passing vehicles on the shoulder of the interstate, and with assistance of a semi-truck, the accused was unable to pass. Deputies with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department were then able to get the accused stopped at approximately the 10 mile marker. He was taken into custody without further incident.
The accused was identified as Reginald L. Hodge (28 years of age / black male) of Nashville, Tennessee. He was found to be operating on a suspended license from Tennessee for numerous traffic offenses. He was also charged with Fleeing/Evading – 1st Degree (class D felony); Speeding 26 MPH or more over the limit; Disregarding a Traffic Control Device; Reckless Driving; and Improper Turning. He was arrested by Kentucky State Police and lodged in the McCracken County Jail. State Police were assisted by the KSP CVE Division and the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.