Graves County Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Mason and Cpt. Jeremy Prince were dispatched to a reckless driver on Interstate 69 near the Marshall County line at around 3:40 p.m. Friday and ended with the arrest of a Tennessee woman on numerous charges.
A motorist reported that a Chevrolet Camaro, southbound on Interstate 69, was driving recklessly and had also pointed what appeared to be a handgun out the window at the caller. Sgt. Mason was able to locate the vehicle just north of U.S. 45 and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The Camaro exited off of Interstate 69 and turned northbound on U.S. 45 and accelerated to a high rate of speed.
The vehicle continued northbound at varying speeds while weaving in and out of traffic. Troopers with the Kentucky State Police deployed tire deflation devices in front of the vehicle on US 45 North in front of the Kentucky State Police Post 1. The operator of the Camaro swerved at two troopers who were near the shoulder of US 45 North and then cut across the median and began traveling southbound on 45.
The Camaro accelerated to a high rate of speed again. Just north of the intersection of Hickory Road, heavy traffic slowed the vehicle to a safe speed where deputies attempted to box the vehicle in. At that time, the Camaro intentionally came into contact with the driver’s side of Capt. Prince’s vehicle. The impact caused the Camaro to run off of the shoulder and come back out on Hickory Road. At that time, KSP took the lead in the pursuit as it continued on Hickory Road until the vehicle turned onto Carter Road.
The Camaro traveled on Carter Road to Huie Lane and then turned northbound on Ky. 440. The Camaro then made a quick turn onto Ky. 945 and proceeded across Ky. 121 North to New Hope Church Road. The pursuit ended after the Camaro turned onto Geneva Drive, which is a dead end road. The vehicle traveled around a house at the end of Geneva Drive and stopped when impacting with a propane tank in the yard at that residence.
The driver, Hope A. Endsley, 24, of Sardis, Tennessee, was taken into custody. After field sobriety testing, Endsley was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia, as well as methamphetamine, were found in the vehicle after a search.
The vehicle Endsley was driving, a yellow 2010 Transformer edition Chevrolet Camaro, was determined to be stolen out of Decatur County, Tennessee.
Endsley was lodged in the Graves County Jail and charged with Speeding 26 or more Over the Limit; Reckless Driving; Fleeing/Evading Police in the First Degree; Attempted Murder of a Police Officer; Four Counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree; Receiving Stolen Property Over $10,000; Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree – Methamphetamine; Drug Paraphernalia - Possession; Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree; Operating on a Suspended Operator’s License; DUI, 1st Offense – Aggravating Circumstance; and Giving a Peace Office False Identifying Information.
Endsley was also charged with being a fugitive from justice on a charge of theft of property over $10,000 and failure to appear on a methamphetamine charge out of Decatur County.
Sheriff's personnel thanked the person who called 911 to report the vehicle driving recklessly. "Because of this call we were able to get a dangerous and impaired driver off of the roadway," Sheriff Jon Hayden said.
Sheriff Hayden, Deputy Zac Smith and Det. Snapper Seaton, as well as several KSP Troopers assisted Mason and Prince with this pursuit and arrest.