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Traffic Stop Leads to Vehicle Pursuit in Madisonville 

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky.  (02/05/2015) – On Feb. 5, 2015, just after midnight, Officer Hollis Crowley with the Madisonville Police Department instigated a traffic stop that inevitably led to a chase.

Madisonville Police officials have reported that Officer Crowley attempted a traffic stop of 23-year-old Jacob Ruckert, a Madisonville resident, on Madison Avenue. Ruckert was operating a black GMC SUV.

Officer Crowley initiated his emergency lights and Ruckert failed to pull over. The officer then initiated his emergency sirens as Ruckert continued to travel north on Hopewell. After a short vehicle pursuit, Ruckert turned into a driveway at 707 Pride Avenue and exited the vehicle, fleeing on foot. When Ruckert exited the vehicle, he did not put it in park and it struck another vehicle parked in the driveway.

Officer Pharris and Office Crowley chased Ruckert as he fled westward behind the residence through a field. Ruckert was captured after a short pursuit.

Ruckert was arrested and charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Fleeing and Evading Police 1st Degree (On Foot), Wanton Endangerment x2 (Police Officer), Disregarding a Stop Sign, Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended/Revoked Operator’s License, Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failing to Render Aid or Assistance and Parole Violation Warrant.

Information provided by the Madisonville Police Department
Posted byJ.L. Graham
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