Henderson, KY 3/2/21- Last Tuesday a police officer with the Henderson Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and South Adams Street. The vehicle, which is a black 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer with an Indiana temporary tag, was being stopped for no license plate light as well as the license plate not being legible.
According to the report, the vehicle turned left onto Adams Street off of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and acted as if it was going stop by pulling to the right side of the road and then began messing with the interior lights. Before police could get to the vehicle it began to travel north on Adams Street again. The officer says the vehicle was only traveling about 25 to 30 miles per hour and came to a complete stop at all stop signs on Adams Street leading to Washington Street as the vehicle continued to disregard the emergency lights.
Once the vehicle came upon the intersection of Washington Street it turned right onto Washington street and then began to accelerate and travel at a high rate of speed showing no due regard to other vehicles and people in the area. Realizing the vehicle was not going to stop, the officer felt pursuing the vehicle would create danger to the public more than necessary. The officer then disengaged his emergency lights and stopped following the vehicle in an attempt to prevent further danger to the public.
HPD says on Friday another officer located the same vehicle parked in the 400 block of 7th Street. The vehicle no longer had a Indiana temporary plate and had a black piece of fabric blocking the VIN number. HPD had the vehicle towed that night and placed it in inside storage due to the incident from last Tuesday.
On Sunday, the original officer who attempted the traffic stop conducted a search warrant on the vehicle discovering the vehicle is stolen out of Evansville. HPD says this is an ongoing investigation.
If you have any information on this case please contact the Henderson Police Department at 270-831-1295, or contact Crime Stoppers at 270-831-1111.