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High Speed Pursuit Leads to Injuries and Investigations

Staff Report

Hunter Vann crashed a 2022 Lincoln into a tree on Sheila Drive on Feb. 1 following a short pursuit from the Barren River Drug Task Force. He sustained injuries that led to him being flown out for more medical attention. Photo submitted

A police pursuit came to a halt after a vehicle collided with a tree on Sheila Drive last Thursday.

Police say Hunter Patton Vann of Glasgow was driving a 2022 Lincoln when he attempted to flee Barren River Drug Task Force detectives.

According to Ron Lafferty, Director of the Barren River Drug Task Force, the agency was following Vann before the crash occurred.

“We were following him and he appeared to have noticed us,” Lafferty said, “One of our vehicles is a marked car. Because of his speeding, we turned the lights on and he then turned on Sheila Drive.  He went off the roadway in a sharp curve and hit a tree.”  Later confirming it was the right-side of the roadway.

Lafferty said the pursuit lasted less than three minutes and there is evidence he was not looking at the road when he wrecked.

A search warrant of the vehicle was granted and suspected narcotics were found. The case is still in the early stages and the investigation is ongoing. Lafferty said, “I can’t disclose the amount or type because we will be taking our investigation to the grand jury.”

Vann was not charged at the time of the incident because of his injuries and having been flown out for medical attention.

Sources close to the family have indicated there is another clear side to this situation and it will be made public soon.  No official update on Vann’s condition has been received at this time.

A Glasgow Police Department report confirmed, the Feb. 1 pursuit resulted in Vann being transported to TJ Samson Hospital by Barren/Metcalfe EMS for his injuries and as mentioned above, later flown out for medical treatment. The accident was investigated by Sgt. Mason Wethington and assisted by the Barren River Drug Task Force Detectives.

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