KSP: Motorcycle Pursuit Ends in Collision in Hopkins County

Kentucky State Police are investigating a motorcycle pursuit that ended in a collision on US-62 on around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to police, a preliminary investigation revealed that 23 year old Hysen Krqeli, of Smyrna Tn., was operating a 2015 Triumph motorcycle on the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway, northbound at the 16 mile marker, in Christian County. They say Krqeli was operating his sport bike in excess of 100 miles per hour and passed a trooper sitting stationary in the median.

The trooper reportedly caught up with the speeding motorcycle at the 20 mile marker and initiated his emergency equipment to signal for a traffic stop, but Krqeli accelerated to speeds of greater than 152 mph. Police say the pursuit entered Hopkins County and as they approached the Nortonville exit (Exit 33), the driver of the motorcycle slammed on his brakes and exited the parkway after he maneuvered around the trooper blocking the exit ramp. The motorcycle then made a left onto US 62 at which time police say the trooper lost sight of the motorcycle. The trooper headed in the last known direction of travel of the motorcyclist and found the operator had lost control of his bike and was ejected into the ditch on the side of the roadway. According to KSP, Krqeli’s sports bike collided with a sign and flipped end over end out into a parking lot where it came to final rest. Krqeli was apprehended and transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Baptist Health in Madisonville for treatment of injuries. Police indicate Krqeli was wearing his helmet.

Krqeli was charged with Reckless Driving, Speeding 26 mph or more, Operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, Fleeing and Evading 1st degree (motor vehicle), Wanton endangerment 1st degree, Operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs/etc. .08 (Aggravated circumstances) and Drug paraphernalia – Buy/Possess.

KSP is investigating the collision. KSP Post 2 units and Hopkins County EMS assisted at the scene.

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