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Teens steal vehicle, flee from sheriff

Staff report

A group of juveniles stole a vehicle and were chased by the Graves County sheriff through a construction zone and collision before being apprehended Saturday.

Information from the Graves County Sheriff's Department states Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon attempted to stop a black four-door Dodge car on North U.S. 45 at about 9 p.m. when the driver refused to stop. The driver fled at a high rate of speed south on U.S. 45 when the Dodge entered a construction area between Parkway and Mayfield and hit several construction barrels. The car continued and ran a red light at the U.S. 45 North and Ky. 121 bypass and collided with another vehicle attempting to turn at the intersection.

The fleeing vehicle went over a curb and collided with a fence and three parked vehicles on the lot of Bennett's Auto Outlet. After the vehicle came to a stop, five male subjects ran away.

The driver was caught under the steering wheel of the vehicle and was arrested. The driver was a 15-year-old male from Paducah. Four of the five males who ran from the vehicle were all caught within a few minutes of the collision. After the collision, it was determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Paducah Police Department at around 2 a.m. Saturday. Four of those arrested, including the driver, were juveniles from Paducah. The driver's charges include two counts of first-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, receiving stolen property over $10,000, first-degree fleeing or evading in a motor vehicle, driving under the influence with an aggravated circumstance, possession of alcohol by a minor, no operator's license and other traffic charges.

The other juveniles were charged with fleeing and evading on foot, receiving stolen property over $10,000, possession of alcohol by a minor, first-degree possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. All four were jailed in the McCracken County Regional Juvenile Detention Facility.

One adult who was in the vehicle, 18-year-old Tavariou Moore of Paducah, was arrested by the Mayfield Police Department and jailed in the Graves County Jail. His charges included fleeing/evading police on foot, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, possession of alcohol by a minor and receiving stolen property over $10,000 The driver that was hit at the intersection, Willie Culpepper of Hickory, and his juvenile son, who was a passenger, were both transported for treatment of injuries.

The Graves County Sheriff's Office has been advised that one of the subjects who fled from the scene was carrying a firearm. A firearm was not recovered from any of the individuals. If anyone in the area of U.S. 45 North and the Ky. 121 Bypass locates a discarded firearm, contact the sheriff's office at 270-247-4501. The Graves County Sheriff's Department was assisted at the scene by the Mayfield Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, Mayfield Fire Department and EMS, the Mayfield/Graves County Rescue Squad and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

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