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Trooper Injured During Vehicle Pursuit

Trooper Injured During Vehicle Pursuit

Bill Stephens

June 28th, 2019

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Trooper Sustained Minor Facial Lacerations From Wreck

LIVERMORE, Ky. (June 27, 2019)—Kentucky State Police Trooper Adam Wright was patrolling McLean County and observed a 2000 Saturn Aura speeding south on US 431 just after 2:00pm. Trooper Wright conducted a traffic stop on the Saturn in Island Kentucky for the speeding infraction. As Trooper Wright approached the vehicle, the operator sped away from the stop. While Trooper Wright was pursuing the fleeing vehicle, it was learned the vehicle was reported stolen from Owensboro. The suspect drove south into Muhlenberg County and ultimately back into McLean County on KY 81. At times, speeds reached near 100 miles-per-hour. As the vehicle pursuit was heading north, McLean County Sheriff’s deputies joined to assist. The suspect drove onto Bunn Cobb Road, just south of Rumsey Kentucky. Trooper Wright failed to see a sharp curve and crashed into an earth embankment.

The suspect continued to KY 138 and at KY 2110, McLean County sheriff deputies were able to box-in the suspect. He stopped and was arrested without further incident.

Kentucky State Police troopers identified the suspect as Tony E. Vanover, 50 of Owensboro. He was transported and lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro.     

He was charged with the following offenses:

1)      Possession of a Controlled Substance (unspecified drugs) 1st Degree

2)      Receiving Stolen Property Over $10,000 (vehicle)

3)      No Insurance

4)      Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree – Police Officer

5)      Criminal Mischief 1st Degree

6)      Fleeing/Evading 1st Degree (vehicle)

7)      Speeding

8)      Disregarding a Traffic Control Device

9)      Failure to Use Turn Signals

Trooper Wright sustained minor facial lacerations and was treated at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. His issued 2017 Dodge Charger sustained moderate to heavy damage.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555). Citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or any criminal activity. You may also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice and photo tip capabilities to report criminal behavior. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

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