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KSP arrests McCracken County man after Pursuit in Graves County

Date of News Release: 09/09/2014

(Wingo, Ky.) - On Monday, September 8, 2014, the Kentucky State Police conducted a traffic safety checkpoint on US 45 south at the Brush Creek Bridge in Graves County. During the checkpoint Martin J. Kendall, 37 of Paducah, drove up to the checkpoint. During routine questioning Kendall fled the checkpoint. Trooper Adam Mattingly and Trooper Kory McDonald pursued Kendall for approximately two miles. At which time, Kendall pulled over and ran on foot in another attempt to get away from the Troopers. Trooper McDonald gave verbal commands to stop and was ignored. Trooper McDonald used his agency issued Taser on Kendall. After Kendall was apprehended, he was transported by ambulance to Jackson Purchase Medical Center for chest pain, Kendall treated and cleared by the medical staff and was then lodged in the Graves County Jail.

Kendall was charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree Motor Vehicle, Fleeing Evading Police 2nd degree on Foot, two counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, resisting arrest, Driving under the Influence 3rd with aggravated circumstances, Driving on DUI Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Speeding 26 MPH or Greater, and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) conducts traffic safety checkpoints throughout the Post 1 district, to check motorists for compliance with motor vehicle laws including driving under the influence statutes. KSP utilizes traffic safety checkpoints to promote safety for motorists using the public roadways and to provide a deterrent for those who violate laws contained in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for a high visibility, public safety service, focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration and insurance of vehicles, and the valid licensing of drivers. Violations of law or other public safety issues that arise shall be addressed.

Traffic safety checkpoints will allow the Kentucky State Police the opportunity to periodically concentrate its efforts in checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws that will ultimately increase the safety of the citizens within the Commonwealth. Drivers encountering a traffic safety checkpoint are requested to have their operator's license, vehicle registration receipt and proof of insurance readily accessible. Drivers with this information in hand, those with no violations of law and minimal roadway congestion can reasonably expect to be delayed for no more than 30 seconds to a few minutes. For traffic safety checkpoint locations in your area, you may refer to the web site: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post1_checkpoints.htm.