Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
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Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Hodgenville Police Officer Involved In Vehicle Pursuit Dies At University Hospital
Date of News Release: 09/16/2012
(HODGENVILLE, KY) – On Sunday, September 16, 2012 at approximately 3:43 a.m. ET Post 4 received a call from Larue County Dispatch that one of their officers, Mark A. Taulbee of the Hodgenville Police Department, had been involved in a pursuit and had crashed near the 4600 block of Campbellsville Road (KY 210). Ofc. Taulbee was transported to the Hardin Memorial Hospital and later flown to the University of Louisville Hospital where he died of the injuries he sustained in the crash. He was pronounced dead at approximately 6:28 a.m. ET.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Ofc. Taulbee was eastbound on KY 210 and was pursuing a silver Nissan Altima. At the 4697 block Ofc. Taulbee lost control of his cruiser and rotated clockwise. His cruiser left the roadway on the eastbound side, struck an earth embankment on the driver's side, went airborne and came to final rest in a ditch facing northwest. Ofc. Taulbee was ejected from the vehicle and was treated at the scene by the Larue County EMS. He was wearing a seatbelt.
The suspect, Jason L. Avis, 29, from Hodgenville, KY continued on, but later turned himself in at the Larue County Jail. Avis has been arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree. Other charges are forthcoming.
Ofc. Taulbee had been with the Hodgenville Police Department for 13 months. He had also been a deputy with the Butler County Sheriff's Department for 3 years prior to his employment with Hodgenville. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Audra who is 20, and Austin, age 17. Post 4 Detective Terry Whittaker is the reconstructionist conducting the ongoing investigation.