Man wanted after high speed police chase arrested

Trigg Co. officials seeking public's help in locating wanted man
Steven Dewayne Mayton (Source: Trigg County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Dewayne Mayton (Source: Trigg County Sheriff's Office)

TRIGG COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A man wanted on various felony counts has been arrested in Hopkinsville, Ky.

The Trigg County Sheriff's Office reports the Christian County Sheriff's Office arrested Steven DeWayne Mayton.

Officials say Steven Dewayne Mayton, 30, was involved in a police chase early Saturday morning that ended when Mayton wrecked his vehicle in a Corn Field on KY 274 and ran away.

At approximately 2 a.m. Saturday, Trigg County Sheriff's Deputy Kory McDonald was sitting in his vehicle on US 68 when Mayton stopped and ask him for directions.

Deputy McDonald reportedly smelled a strong odor of suspected marijuana and got out of his vehicle to investigate.

McDonald asked Mayton to exit the vehicle and he refused.

McDonald then reached in Mayton's vehicle to turn the ignition off.

Mayton then sped off, while Deputy McDonald was still partially in the window of the vehicle.

McDonald chased the vehicle and called for backup.

Cadiz Police Officer Andy Sanderson immediately responded to assist Deputy McDonald. Sheriff Ray Burnam, Colonel Dane Hughes, Deputy Rick Burgess and Deputy Mikka Crabtree were called to assist as well.

Mayton led police on a chase of speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The pursuit - which started on US 68 - ended on KY 274 approximately 2 miles north of Ham Town Market.

Mayton wrecked his vehicle when he ran off the left side of the road, and drove 100-200 yards into a corn field.

Mayton then got out of the vehicle and ran away.

Trigg County authorities requested K9 help from Christian County Sheriff's Office.

Christian County authorities arrived and began an immediate search of the area.

The K9 found a bag of suspected cocaine a short distance away from the wrecked vehicle in the cornfield.

Authorities now say Mayton took a car from a home on Everylastings Springs Road on Saturday evening.

That car is described as a 2009 black Chevy Cobalt with a silver driver side door with the UK plate reading "KEVN."

Mayton almost ran into a deputy on KY 274 near Handy Korner Market while driving that car.

Deputy McDonald obtained an arrest warrant for Steven Dwayne Mayton on charges of speeding, DUI, improper start, wanton endangerment, fleeing/evading (motor vehicle), reckless driving, failure to signal, criminal mischief, fleeing/evading (on foot), tampering with physical evidence and driving on DUI suspended license.

Officials say Mayton was being considered armed and dangerous, and may be in the Hopkinsville area.

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