2017-08-16 / News

Cops say man rammed cruiser during pursuit from Jenkins to Thornton

By CHRIS ANDERSON


The Jenkins Police Department cruiser involved in the high-speed chase to Thornton sits disabled this week in a lot in Jenkins. (Photo by Chris Anderson) The Jenkins Police Department cruiser involved in the high-speed chase to Thornton sits disabled this week in a lot in Jenkins. (Photo by Chris Anderson) Police are looking for a Camp Branch man who allegedly crashed his vehicle into a Jenkins City Police cruiser during a high-speed chase Sunday.

According to Jenkins Deputy Police Chief Josh Richardson, Officer Mike Garner attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by 39-year-old Shannon Fultz after he clocked the vehicle traveling at 65 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone on KY 805 near Dunham.

Richardson said that when Garner activated his flashing lights, Fultz accelerated beyond 70 miles per hour and sped away toward Neon with Garner in pursuit. The chase continued through Neon and eventually ended on Thornton Road.

Richardson said Fultz intentionally “slammed” on his brakes several times during the chase in an attempt to have Garner collide with the rear of his vehicle. Richardson said the two vehicles did collide several times.

Richardson said in one instance, Garner attempted to swerve to avoid a collision, but that Fultz intentionally turned into Garner’s cruiser.

“This is the first time in seven years I’ve even heard of anybody doing this,” Richardson said of the alleged intentional collision.

Richardson also said Fultz illegally passed several vehicles during the pursuit. While on Thornton Road, Richardson said, Fultz attempted to turn onto an old strip mine access road, but lost control of the vehicle and wrecked. He said Fultz then fled on foot, but that Garner stayed with the vehicle, which still had three other occupants inside. The gravel and dirt strip mine road leads from Thornton to Craft’s Colly.

On Monday, Garner obtained a warrant for the arrest of Fultz on felony charges including firstdegree assault and several counts of wanton endangerment. Fultz had not yet been arrested at Mountain Eagle press time Tuesday.

The police cruiser damaged during the pursuit had to be taken out of service because of front-end damage. Garner was not injured during the incident.

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