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KSP Charges Hopkins County Man After Pursuit

Date of News Release: 5/19/2017

Hopkins County, KY (May 19, 2017) - The Kentucky State Police has charged a Hopkins County man after he attempted to flee and evade Troopers during a traffic stop.

On Friday, May 19th at approximately 6:42 p.m., Trooper Cody Kromer observed James R. Morgan, 65, of Dawson Springs, traveling at a speed of 106 MPH in a posted 55 MPH zone on KY 62. Trooper Kromer initiated his emergency equipment to signal a traffic stop, but Morgan refused to stop and attempted to flee. He was then involved in a collision at the intersection of KY 62 and KY 112. Morgan fled the scene of the first collision and continued to travel eastbound on KY 112 when he lost control of his vehicle a second time and entered the yard of a residence where he collided into a garage.

Morgan fled the scene of the second collision on foot, but was apprehended and taken into custody by Trooper Kromer. Morgan was transported to Baptist Health Emergency Department by Hopkins County EMS, where he was admitted for injuries sustained in the collision. Morgan was charged with the following offenses:

  1. Speeding 26 MPH or more over the limit
  2. Reckless driving
  3. Fleeing or evading police, 1st degree (motor vehicle)
  4. DUI, 2nd offense (aggravating circumstance)
  5. Driving DUI suspended license
  6. Resisting arrest
  7. Assault, 3rd degree (police officer)
  8. Failure to wear seatbelt
  9. Fleeing or evading police, 1st degree (on foot)

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