Oct 29, 2013 9:57 PM
A man was airlifted to UK Hospital Tuesday afternoon after he crashed during a police chase in Campbellsville.
Police say 63-year-old Eugene Earl Gentry crashed into a parked semi while trying to get away from officers after a traffic stop. As of Tuesday night he was in serious condition.
Police say Gentry was spotted acting suspiciously at the Citizens Bank and Trust Company on KY 210 and Nancy Cox Drive around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday. Bank employees told police Gentry entered the bank, spoke briefly with an employee, and "exhibited behavior that caused concern of suspicion" to employees.
Shortly after, an officer saw a vehicle that matched the description given by bank employees on KY 210 at KY 55, and initiated a traffic stop. Once the police officer approached the car, the suspect sped off, police said.
Police pursued the vehicle south on KY 55. The car ran off KY 55 and struck a parked semi.
Gentry was injured in the collision and was airlifted to UK Hospital. He was in serious condition as of Tuesday night.
Police said Eugene Gentry may be responsible for more than the wreck. The Columbia Police Chief said Gentry may be the suspect in a bank robbery from October 2012. Police said his suspicious behavior was similar in both cases.
"He came into the bank wanting a specific amount of money, asked to speak to a loan officer," said Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss.
"It gave some indication that maybe he was attempting a theft," added Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette.
There was no robbery, but when an officer tried to pull Gentry over after he left the bank, the chase was on. After the wreck, investigators thought Gentry looked familiar.
"He looks like the same photos we have of our bank robbery," said Sheriff Moss.
Police said in that case, Gentry took a bank teller hostage and stole a car. Although Tuesday's wreck put Gentry in the hospital, police said they hope when he starts talking they'll find out if he's the Columbia bank robber, too.
Police said Gentry will likely be charged in both Taylor and Adair Counties
Tuesday's case remains under investigation by the Campbellsville Police Department.