A Princeton teen was arrested Monday by a Kentucky State Police officer after a pursuit on Interstate 24 and U.S. 62 in Reidland, while another Princeton man is being sought.
About 4:35 p.m., Kentucky State Police Trooper Landon Stewart reportedly saw a black 2019 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck speeding and driving recklessly on I-24 West near Mile Marker 21.
The driver was later identified as Steven J. Moor, 18, of Princeton.
According to the KSP report, Stewart tried to make a traffic stop, but the truck left the interstate at Exit 16, went to U.S. 62 and turned onto U.S. 62 West.
After making the turn, Moore reportedly tossed an item out of the truck, later determined to be a handgun.
As the pursuit continued, the truck turned around and traveled east on U.S. 62. The pursuit continued onto Benton Road in the Reidland community, where the truck swerved in and out of traffic, narrowly missing other motorists.
Near the intersection of Reidland Road and Nickell Heights Road, the truck reportedly struck a Toyota passenger car driven by Jeffery E. Stone, 53, of Paducah, causing the driver to lose control and strike a utility pole.
In trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle, Stewart went off the roadway into a ditch, disabling his cruiser. Moor and his passenger ran into a wooded area.
Stewart was able to catch up to Moor and take him into custody. The passenger escaped on foot.
Stone was transported by Mercy Regional EMS to the hospital for treatment of injures that were not life-threatening. Trooper Stewart was also transported by Mercy Regional EMS to Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah for minor injuries.
Moor was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), receiving a stolen firearm, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to buy or possess and several traffic offenses. He was brought to the McCracken County Regional Jail, where he was held on $27,000 cash bond.
Moor’s passenger, identified as Cameron D. Malone, 21, of Princeton is being sought by police and is believed to be in the Nickell Heights Road area of Reidland. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.
Anyone with information regarding Malone’s whereabouts should contact Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721.