Speeds Exceeded 115MPH Through Brownsville, Officials Say
Darren Doyle, story:
A traffic stop attempt resulted in a high speed pursuit through two counties that ended in a horrific crash with two Edmonson County teen passengers being airlifted to Nashville while the driver faces a host of felony charges.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office said that around 10pm on Tuesday night, a deputy attempted to stop a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am in front of the Minit Mart for a traffic violation. Deputies said the car accelerated south in an attempt to flee from the deputy and had reached a speed of 115 mph by the time *it left the city limits.
The sheriff's office said that two more officers joined the pursuit at the southern city limits of Brownsville heading south where speeds then exceeded 130 mph as the driver passed 10 to 12 vehicles on Veteran's Highway (KY HWY 259/101). The chase continued out of Edmonson and into Warren County as the Grand Am headed toward Bowling Green on 31W, according to officials.
Authorities said that as the pursuit continued south on 31W, the car ran a red light in an attempt to make a left turn near Kight Lumber near the I-65 Interstate Access Road at 85 mph and collided with a 2005 GMC Envoy, driven by Joe Logan (44) of Russellville, that was headed north on 31W. The sheriff's office said that the driver of the Grand Am, Brandon Embry, (20) of Bee Spring had to be forcefully removed from the wrecked car and was uninjured.
According to the sheriff's office, two Edmonson County teen passengers, ages 15 and 14, were airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville and were listed in critical condition as of last night. Officers said that Embry admitted to smoking marijuana before driving and admitted to giving the teens marijuana as well.
Mr. Logan, the driver of the other vehicle, refused medical treatment at the scene, according to KSP.
Embry was charged with:
The sheriff's office said even more charges are pending. If found guilty of charges filed already, Embry faces maximum penalties of over 100 years in jail and more than $100,000 in fines.
No updates were available on the teens' conditions as of Wednesday morning.
Responding in the incident were the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, Kentucky State Police, Warren County Sheriff's Office, Bowling Green Fire Department, Medical Center EMS, and Air-EVAC.
*updated 2:58pm: the original version of this story stated that the car was clocked at 115mph at the Brownsville Post Office. That statement has since been corrected.
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