Man hospitalized after damaging church, crashing truck

(Source: Mike Mohundro)
(Source: Mike Mohundro)
(Source: Mike Mohundro)
(Source: Mike Mohundro)

MAYFIELD, KY (KFVS) - A man had to be hospitalized after crashing his truck into a church and leading deputies on a high speed pursuit on Sunday morning in Mayfield.

According to Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon, it happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Sheriff Redmon says Paul Morgan, Jr., from Tennessee, rammed his car into the Pryorsburg Independent Methodist Church on Route 45 S in Mayfield.

Redmon says Morgan had been drinking and ran over a sign. He then tried to bust through the church doors with his truck.

After failing to make it into the church with his truck, Redmon says Morgan got out of his vehicle and broke into the church.

Redmon says Morgan broke several musical instruments and other items inside causing around $30,000 in damage.

A neighbor saw the incident unfold and called police. When authorities arrived on the scene, Morgan was already gone.

Deputies caught up with him shortly thereafter and then a pursuit started on KY 1748 East.

Morgan Crossed KY 339 West at KY 1748 without stopping at the stop sign and proceeded south on Stubblefield Road.

During the pursuit, Morgan crashed his truck on Stubblefield Road, flipping it several times. Morgan's truck reached speeds of 85 mph, Redmon said.

A fire broke out in the truck, but it was extinguished by a deputy. Redmon says the deputy saved the man's life.

Redmon said Morgan was not wearing a seat belt and also had open containers of alcoholic beverage in the vehicle with him. Redmon said Morgan appeared to be highly intoxicated.

Morgan was taken to a local hospital and later Vanderbilt Hospital with spinal injuries.

Redmon says Morgan faces charges of burglary 3rd degree, criminal mischief 1st , criminal mischief 3rd, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, fleeing and evading police 1st degree in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, open container of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle and failure to wear seat belt.

A neighbor told Heartland News that he witnessed this man tearing up the doors of the church and called police. He even followed Morgan after he fled the church and helped police track him down.

Sheriff Redmon would also like to thank the neighbor who called in about the burglary.

"This is truly a case where a concerned citizen helped us solve a major crime and for that we and the victims are very grateful," Redmon said.

Without the neighbor's concern and keen observations, Morgan would not have been captured in such a quick manor, added Redmon.

Redmon says it is his ex-girlfriend's church.

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