Police Chase Ends In Serious Crash

A police chase ended dramatically early Friday morning in eastern Kentucky when a motorcycle crashed.

Police say the driver of that motorcycle, Christopher Pelfrey, 28, of Breathitt County is in critical condition.

Dispatchers tell 27 NEWSFIRST the chase started along the Mountain Parkway in Clark County.

Officers say the motorcycle was going 140 miles per hour when it went through Powell County.

The chase ended in a crash on Highway 11 North in Lee County when Kentucky State Police say Pelfrey crashed his bike into a guardrail.

Police say he was not wearing a helmet.

Pelfrey was flown to the University of Kentucky hospital.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers were involved in the pursuit.

AP Story

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - State police say a 27-year-old eastern Kentucky man who led officers on a high-speed, 40-mile chase has
died of injuries suffered when the motorcycle he was riding crashed.

Trooper Chris Lanham says Christopher Pelfrey of Jackson was ejected from the two-wheeler when it struck a guard rail as he was attempting to negotiate a sharp curve on Kentucky eleven in Lee County.

Pelfry died at the UK Medical Center. A Kentucky vehicle enforcement officer clocked the motorcycle at 140 miles per hour when it raced through Avon in Powell County.

Investigators say Pelfrey left the Western Kentucky Parkway in Clark County with officers in pursuit and sped through Powell County into Lee County.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Retired Cop Location: Eastern Ky on Oct 7, 2007 at 08:13 AM
    To the family: My sympathies go out to you for your loss, and I agree that some of the comments posted are harsh and cruel. It is always sad to see someone taken from us at such a young age. However he is a victim of his own bad decisions and I feel no one else is to blame. His initial disreguard for the traffic laws compounded by his decision to run when confronted by law enforcement are the root cause of this tragedy. To Morono: The KVE are one of the most professional and well trained law enforcement agencies it has ever been my pleasure to work alongside of. They have made great strides in the last few years and in my opinion far surpass even the Kentucky State Police as a traffic enforcement agency.
  • by Anut Lisa Location: Jachson on Sep 27, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    Chris is loved and will be missed. No matter what is posted on here it can't change the fact that he had many many firends and people who loved him. If he was still alive people would be saying these things, he would sat them in their place. He was alwasy smiling and had apositive attitude. I am sure just made a bad decision that night but down slander his name after he is resting in peace have some respect
  • by Michelle Location: Powell on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:53 PM
    To those who made the horrible comments. I you had any respect or decent bone in your body you wouldn't stooped to a low of blaspheming the dead. You really showed your maturity level. I only hope you eat your words one day, and you will. I hope your in grade school as well because surely a mature adult doesn't act in this manner. I am only 21 and know better. Chris was my cousin and he had an accident. But you don't know the whole story and probably never will so don't judge something you know nothing about. HAVE REPSECT and try to grow up.
  • by misty Location: versailles on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:15 AM
    chris was NOT a moron!!! he usually does wear a helmet he might have had a Very good reason for not having it on that day people dont know and he probbaly didnt think he was going to get chased this day by policemen he IS a good man who sais people shouldnt get scared by police that is a self opinion and his could be diffrent! I love him and miss him and know he is not a moron!!!
  • by misty Location: versailles on Sep 26, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    Christopher pelfreywas a good man! i know him very well and he did not deserve to be chased! now hes dead and gone all for going over the speed limit all his family- 1 being me and friends dont have him now just because he went over the speed limit!and the cops didnt even know or think that his reason for speeding could have been important they just had to chase him i love him and miss him so much he had so many people who knew him and cared about him now hes gone!!! theres no speeding ticket to give my cousin now just a funeral!!!
  • by Heather Location: Jackson on Sep 26, 2007 at 07:31 AM
    The Family of Chris Pelfrey. Wymt you guys should have more respect than to let idiots talk about our brother they way you do. Why would you even submit something so vulgar! And for everyone on here that keeps talking crap about him- you don't even know him. you never knew what kind of life he had. He has 4 beautiful kids that will someday probably read this stuff and also two more on the way, and you all have to act like idiots. Grow up.What if it were your child, brother, or family member and we talked about them like that what would you do? It is hard enough dealing with this so STOP acting like idiots and get a life. For my brother had his taken.
  • by josh Location: jackson on Sep 26, 2007 at 05:51 AM
    this is chris's brother in law and you guys need to let him rest in peace. Kentucky is a small state and you guy's will pay for what you said about him. His family is a big family and live all across ky.
  • by his mother Location: jackson on Sep 26, 2007 at 05:44 AM
    This is Chris's mom and I really dont appreciate the comments that you guys are making about my son. What if it was one of your family members and I said something like that about them. He never deserved to die the way he did, no one does. You guys dont even know him or even know what it feels like to have one of your children die. STOP talking about him like this, it is hard enough as it is. He does not deserve to rot in hell whoever wrote that should be ashamed of yourself, and you should be punished by God yourself.
  • by Ann Location: Eastern Kentucky on Sep 25, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    It seems to me that those of you that have no sympathy for this young man and his family are not from eastern Kentucky and are unaware of how things tend to happen here. Our law enforcement is not always the nice people you portray them to be. It is unfortunate that they do not "protect and serve" as they should. Many times they treat even the most considerate of individuals as criminals. There seems to be a “guilty until proven innocent” mentality in this part of the state. Even the most law abiding citizens here (old and young alike) fear the police instead of respect them. It really is very sad. Yes, this man was breaking the law, but it seems to me that it wasn't a serious offence, such as murder, robbery or kidnapping and the officers should have had enough common sense to terminate the chase before this happened, either to the young man or an innocent victim. Not one news article has actually reported WHY they began the chase. Was it more than just speeding? Did the officers involved think about they danger they where putting the public in? Obviously, the motorcycle would cause much less damage if it hit another vehicle than that massive police cruiser would have. Did the officers consider that when they pursued this man at speeds of 140mph across 4 counties? Police are not infallible. The officers could have just as easily lost control and killed someone themselves. A road block would have been an efficient means of stopping this man. Or, if they had a license number or some other means of identifying him, they could have simple gotten a warrant and picked him up at a later time.
  • by Lucy on Sep 25, 2007 at 09:42 AM
    This man has children that is going to be reading this, try having a heart. Chris was a good man. Eveyone is talking about all the lives he put in danger, what about the cop that wouldn't back off when asked. How many lives was in danger because of him. Chris made a mistake and he paid with his life, whats the point of talking about what he done wrong. You could talk about the four kids that will not see their daddy anymore or the other two that will never get to meet him.
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