Police arrest teen
The Messenger. 10.24.07
A teenager was taken into custody on multiple charges following a police pursuit Tuesday morning on U.S. 45 from Graves County, Ky., to McCracken County, Ky.
Kentucky State Police dispatch had received a call from the Graves County Sheriff’s Department at 9:16 a.m. to advise that a red pickup truck had just been stolen from the Eagle Express Gas Station across from Graves County High School in Mayfield, Ky.
A second call came from the Raceway convenience store on Highway 45 in Mayfield advising that a red pickup truck had just driven off without paying for $25.02 in gas.
KSP Trooper Joe Gregory was observing for the vehicle when he located the truck on U.S. 45 at Kentucky 408. He activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle, according to a press release from the KSP. At 9:20 a.m., the trooper advised the post that he was in pursuit northbound on U.S. 45.
The pursuit continued into McCracken County at speeds in excess of 90 mph, the KSP reported. The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit at KY 999. Immediately thereafter, the pickup truck crossed the median and struck a southbound Ford mini-van driven by John M. Mason, 37, of Benton. After the initial impact, both vehicles struck the guardrail before coming to rest.
A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody. Mason was transported to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky., and treated for neck and shoulder injuries.
The teenager was charged with first-degree fleeing and evading, first-degree wanton endangerment, no operator’s license and no seat belt in use. He was lodged in the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center. The Graves County Sheriff’s Department will pursue charges for the theft of the vehicle and the theft of the gas, according to the KSP.
The investigation of the incident is continuing by Gregory and crash reconstructionist Trooper 1st Class Chris Anderson.