Trooper’s Cruiser Sustained Moderate Damage
OWENSBORO, Ky. (August 30, 2018)–Kentucky State Police troopers and Daviess County Sheriff deputies were patrolling the area of US 60 by-pass looking for a blue Dodge Dakota which fled from deputies earlier in the day because the operator, Jeffery L. Mayes, 29 of Owensboro had a warrant for his arrest. KSP and DCSO spotted Mayes just after midnight and attempted to perform a traffic stop. Mayes fled from authorities by reaching speeds of nearly 100 miles-per-hour on the US 60 by-pass. The pursuit led into Owensboro where Mayes disregarded stop signals and stop signs before crossing the Blue Bridge into Spencer County Indiana. Spencer County Sheriff deputies picked-up the pursuit for a short distance. Deputies utilized a tire deflation system which punctured at least one tire.
Mayes traveled back into Kentucky via Owensboro’s Blue Bridge where KSP and DCSO re-entered the pursuit. Mayes lost control of his vehicle where he struck a parked car on Allen Street then fleeing the scene. The pursuing trooper performed a legal intervention with his Dodge Charger causing Mayes to spin sideways to a stop on Third Street. He attempted to flee again where he struck another parked vehicle. The trooper used his cruiser to block his vehicle from leaving. As the trooper approached Mayes, he refused to cooperate with the troopers commands and resisted arrest. The trooper deployed his issued Taser which helped him gain compliance to effect the arrest.
Mayes was transported to Owensboro Hospital because it was suspected he ingested methamphetamine during the pursuit. He was later released and transported to the Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro where he is lodged.
Mr. Mayes was charged with the following offenses:
1) Tampering with Physical Evidence
2) Disregarding a Traffic Control Device
3) Leaving the Scene of an Accident
4) Driving Under the Influence, 1st Offense
5) Reckless Driving
6) Fleeing/Evading 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)
8) Two counts of Criminal Mischief 1st Degree
9) Resisting Arrest
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