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KSP Pursues Vehicle Through Graves and Calloway Counties

Date of News Release: 09/03/2016

Mayfield, KY (September 3, 2016) - Around 9:00 P.M. on September 2, 2016, while on patrol in Graves County, Trooper Aaron Jestes, observed a silver 2002 Pontiac Sunfire commit a traffic violation. Tpr. Jestes attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the Pontiac failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. The Pontiac fled eastbound on 464 across the county line into Calloway County. The Pontiac then made several turns in an attempt to elude police before turning onto Norsworthy Rd where he turned into the yard of a residence. The Pontiac then began to drive northbound through a field. At this point, Calloway County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Amberg had joined the pursuit in an assist capacity. He took the lead in the pursuit after Tpr. Jestes had a mechanical failure with his cruiser. The pursuit continued through the field and the Pontiac ran through a barbwire fence before colliding with a tree.

Preliminary investigation shows that Deputy Ryan Amberg, attempted to slow to a stop, however, the wet grass in the field prevented the vehicle from slowing enough to come to a stop. Deputy Amberg's 2013 Ford Explorer collided with the rear of the Pontiac in a secondary collision. The driver of the Pontiac then fled on foot into a nearby wood line. A Graves County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit was utilized in an attempt to locate and apprehend the driver of the Pontiac. However, the subject has not been apprehended at this time.

KSP is requesting anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of the subject who fled to contact Tpr. Paul Berhow with KSP Post 1 at 270-856-3721.

Deputy Amberg was transported to Murray-Calloway County Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Preliminary investigation shows that Deputy Amberg, in anticipation of a foot pursuit, had removed his seatbelt.

Trooper Paul Berhow is continuing the investigation.

KSP was assisted on scene by the Calloway County Sheriff's Office, the Graves County Sheriff's Office, and the Murray-Calloway County EMS.

KSP has a toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) that citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or criminal activity. They can 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.