Posted: Sep 16, 2012 12:38 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2012 1:19 PM
A Hodgenville Police officer was killed early Sunday morning during a high-speed chase in LaRue County.
Officer Mark A. Taulbee was involved in a pursuit when he crashed near the 4600 block of Campbellsville Road (KY 210) at around 3:43 a.m.
Officer Taulbee was transported to the Hardin Memorial Hospital, then flown to the University of Louisville Hospital where he died hours later from the injuries he sustained in the crash.
Kentucky State Police say Officer Taulbee was driving eastbound on KY 210 in pursuit of a silver Nissan Altima. Taulbee lost control of his cruiser and rotates clockwise, say State Police. His cruiser left the roadway on the eastbound side, struck an earth embankment on the driver's side, went airbone and landed in a ditch facing northwest. Officer Taulbee was ejected from the cruiser even though he was wearing a seatbelt.
The suspect, Jason L. Avis, 29, from Hodgenville, KY continued on, but later turned himself in at the Larue County Jail. Avis has been arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree. Other charges are forthcoming, say State Police.
Officer Mark Taulbee had been with the Hodgenville Police Department for 13 months. He had also been a deputy with the Butler County Sheriff's Department for 3 years prior to his employment with Hodgenville. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Audra who is 20, and Austin, age 17.
Kentucky State Police continue to investigate the crash.