High speed chase ends in crash


Russellville man tried to evade police at 155 mph

By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



After a Russellville man was seen popping wheelies and speeding by police in Todd County, a high speed chase ensued that ended with the man crashing in Logan County and being taken to the hospital.

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.

KSP trooper Curtis Crick then turned on his emergency lights to signal for a traffic stop. Instead of pulling over, according to a police report, Heidel accelerated up to speeds of 155 mph. The pursuit entered Logan County and Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies joined the pursuit.

Heidel’s vehicle left the roadway and Mr. Heidel was thrown from the motorcycle. Heidel’s sport bike collided with a telephone pole. Heidel was apprehended and transported to Logan County Memorial Hospital for treatment by ambulance.Heidel was wearing his helmet.

Heidel was then charged with reckless driving, speeding 26 mph or more over the limit, no motorcycle operator’s license, first degree fleeing and evading police in a motor vehicle and failure to produce insurance card.

Trooper 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 all assisted at the scene.

Russellville man tried to evade police at 155 mph

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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