Traffic stop turned chase results in deadly

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

An attempted traffic stop turned deadly early Thursday morning after an Eminence man led a Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy on a brief chase that ended with an accident on Kentucky 146.

Steven Jeffries, 50, of Eminence was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Henry County Coronor Jimmy Pollard.

The incident began at around 1 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, when Kentucky State Police dispatchers received a call from a resident who reported a “suspicious” vehicle driving erratically in New Castle. According to Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens, KSP notified the sheriff’s department.

Deputy Keith Perry spotted the vehicle on a side street, went around the block and pulled in behind it. Perry observed the vehicle swerving and attempted to pull the car over.

The vehicle stopped briefly before speeding off with Perry in pursuit.

Minutes later, according to Cravens and a KSP press release, Jeffries lost control of his vehicle in the 1200 block of Ky. 146 while attempting to negotiate a left-hand curve at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle left the roadway and struck an earth embankment, overturned and struck a tree before coming to rest.

Jeffries was ejected from the vehicle.

The accident is under investigation by KSP accident reconstructionist Sgt. Jamie Heller.

Assisting at the scene were Trooper Tim Vinal, Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens, Henry County EMS and the New Castle Fire Department.

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