MCCRACKEN COUNTY - An allegedly suicidal suspect from Texas is in custody following a vehicular collision and police pursuit which extended just beyond Marshall County through McCracken and nearly to the Kentucky/Illinois state line.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident began at approximatley 6 p.m. Monday evening after complaints began coming in to E911 Dispatch concerning a reckless driver.
The callers stated the driver of the gray BMW had fled the scene of an accident in Marshall County after the allegedly side-swiping a semi tractor trailer. He was reported to be all over the roadway and possibly intoxicated.
Paducah-McCracken 911 dispatchers stayed on the phone with the callers while deputies responded to the area.
McCracken County Deputy Derick Pugh observed the vehicle at the 11 mile marker traveling west-bound and initiated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. Deputy Pugh observed the vehicle weaving all over the emergency lane and both west bound lanes.
As the vehicle continued west-bound, refusing to stop, several deputies with the Sheriff's Dept. and officers with the Paducah Police Department responded to the area to assist.
The driver quickly accelerated to speeds in access of 100 mph. attempting to flee into the state of Illinois.
Deputies ahead of the pursuit made entrance to I-24 at Exit 3 west-bound, and attempted slow the fleeing suspect. The driver attempted to maneuver around the deputies in the emergency lane and lost control, causing the vehicle to spin out and the driver to lose control.
The operator, Jerry J. Page, 27, of Schertz, Texas, was escorted from the vehicle and taken into custody without further incident.
While Page gave no statement as to why he fled from deputies, relatives of Page, who made contact with the department shortly after his arrest, stated he had left a suicide note in the Clarksville, Tenn. hotel where he had been staying.
Page was noted to be extremely intoxicated, with a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person at the time of his arrest.
Page was arrested and transported to the McCracken County Regional Jail where he charged with speeding, 26 mph or more, four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment on Police Officer, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, failure of owner to maintain insurance, operating on suspended or revoked operating license, possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 2nd offense with aggravated circumstances and first-degree fleeing and evading police.