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Vehicle Pursuit on US-79 Ends in Collision

Date of News Release: 06/11/2016

ALLENSVILLE, Ky. (June 10, 2016) - The Kentucky State Police are investigating a vehicle pursuit that ended in a collision on US-79 on Friday, June 10, 2016, at 9:09 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Justin Heidel, 26, Russellville, was operating 2007 Yamaha motorcycle on US-79 northbound in Todd County. Mr. Heidel was operating his sport bike on it rear wheel and was speeding 100 mph in 55 mph zone.

Trooper Crick, Unit 720, initiated his emergency equipment to signal for a traffic stop. Mr. Heidel accelerated up to speeds of 155 mph. The pursuit entered Logan County and Logan County Sheriff's Deputies joined the pursuit. Mr. Heidel's vehicle left the roadway and Mr. Heidel was ejected from the vehicle. Mr. Heidel's sport bike collided with a telephone pole. Mr. Heidel was apprehended and transported to Logan County Memorial Hospital for treatment via ambulance. Mr. Heidel was wearing his helmet.

Mr. Heidel was charged with Reckless Driving, Speeding 26 mph or more, No motorcycle operator's license, Fleeing and Evading 1st degree (motor vehicle), Failure to produce insurance card.

Trooper Curtis Crick is investigating the collision. KSP Post 3 units, Logan County Sheriff's Department, Russellville Police Department, the Russellville Fire Department, and the Logan County EMS assisted at the scene.

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