Friday, January 30, 2015
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

high speed chase 300 bluePADUCAH, Ky. (3/19/13) – On March 18, 2013 at approximately 6:30 PM, Deputies with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department initiated a vehicle pursuit.
 
While on routine patrol, a citizen approached Sgt. Michael Wray with a complaint of suspicious vehicle in the 5500 block of Said Road. The citizen stated that he observed a white Mitsubishi passenger car go down a gravel road that leads back to some farm land off of Said Road. The citizen stated that it was suspicious due to the farm land not in current use.
 
Within minutes, the white Mitsubishi vehicle was observed coming back towards Said Road off of the farm road. The vehicle was identified as a White 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The driver was identified as Rodney T. Burnett, 40, of Paducah. The passenger was identified as Terry Byerly, 40, of Paducah. Sgt. Wray then activated his emergency lighting equipment and sirens in an attempt to get the vehicle to stop. Burnett proceeded outbound on Said Road at a high rate of speed. Burnett then proceeded into Graves County.
 
The Graves County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police were notified and then proceeded to assist in the pursuit.
 
Once in Graves County, Burnett took a right turn onto KY State Route 348. Burnett proceeded on Ky State Route 348 until making a right onto Hardmoney Road. Hardmoney Road was followed until reaching the intersection of Wadesboro and Hardmoney. Burnett took a left onto Wadesboro Road. Burnett then proceeded on Wadesboro until reaching Husbands Road where he veered onto Hardmoney Road. Burnett nearly struck a McCracken County Deputy and went through a residential yard causing damage. It was determined that several baggies containing methamphetamine were discarded from the vehicle in this area. Deputy Cory Golightly recovered a quantity of methamphetamine from the roadway after the pursuit had ended where it was thrown from the vehicle in an attempt to discard the evidence.
 
Burnett then went inbound on Hardmoney Road until reaching McNeil Road. Burnett then went back left onto McNeil Road and proceeded to Old Mayfield Road. Burnett then proceeded on Old Mayfield Road where he reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Burnett proceeded back into Graves County where he took a right hand turn onto Wice Church Road nearly striking a Graves County Sheriff’s Deputy. Burnett then proceeded at a high rate of speed on Wice Church Road where he reached the intersection of Old Clay Pit Road where he made a right hand turn. Burnett proceeded on Old Clay Pit Road until going over a rail road track crossing and losing control. Burnett then over corrected, spun out of control striking a tree, and coming to final rest in the road way. Burnett and the passenger were both taken into custody without further incident.
 
A search of the vehicle was conducted. The search revealed a quantity of crystal methamphetamine and US currency.
 
Both Burnett and Byerly were treated for apparent minor injuries at a local hospital where they remained in custody.
 
Both Burnett and Byerly both had extensive criminal histories.
 
Burnett’s prior charges include: Trafficking in a controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd or Greater offense, Fleeing or Evading 1st Degree (motor vehicle), Persistent Felony Offender, Tampering with Physical Evidence. Burnett is currently on probation for a March/ 2012 conviction for Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree.
 
Byerly also has an extensive criminal history including Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree and 1st Degree Robbery.
 
Both were transported to the McCracken County Jail once treated.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Michael Wray
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Page Named Employee of the Year at MCCH

MURRAY, Ky. (1/29/15) — Susan Page, a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, has been named the 2014 Employee of… Read More

February Events and More at Land Between the Lakes

KENTUCKY (1/28/15) — The following are the upcoming events and more at Land Between The Lakes: Read More

Most Read This Week

January 28, 2015 16928

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 26, 2015 7163

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 25, 2015 6979

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 28, 2015 6361

Nortonville Man Accused of Meth Possession,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 26, 2015 4898

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 29, 2015 4645

Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 25, 2015 4519

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 28, 2015 4326

Tax Recall Committee Formed Day After School…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 22033

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 21711

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 29, 2015 4645

Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 29, 2015 2854

UPDATE - Students Have until Jan. 31 to Enter…

in General News For All Sites by James R. Comer
January 29, 2015 1476

Group Organizing Prayer Circle for Youth

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 29, 2015 1225

Kentucky Highway Crews Prepare for Possible…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 29, 2015 1117

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
January 29, 2015 1060

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

in Hopkins News by Barry Franklin
January 29, 2015 1057

Probation and Parole Violators - January 29, 2015

in Video by Crime Stoppers
January 29, 2015 991

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 29, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 29, 2015 771

Keystone Approval Will Boost the Economy, Support…

in General News For All Sites by Robert Steurer
January 29, 2015 727

Revive the Art of Letter-Writing

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
January 29, 2015 720

Protect Your Sensitive Information from Hackers

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
January 29, 2015 677

Whitfield Meets with Fort Campbell Soldiers

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby