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Suspect crashes in to State Police cruiser

A Shepherdsville man is in stable condition following a Sunday morning accident when his motorcycle collided with a Kentucky State Police cruiser following a police pursuit.

Timothy E. Winterholler, 29, was listed in stable condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, following the accident, which occurred around 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Pulaski County Constable Mike Wallace stated he observed Winterholler travelling southbound on U.S. 27 in Burnside traveling at a high rate of speed and initiated a pursuit.

During the course of the chase, into McCreary County, Winterholler was observed to throw something from his motorbike, believed to be illegal narcotics. Wallace stated the material has been recovered and sent to a state police lab for testing.

As the chase entered McCreary Kentucky State Police Trooper Wendell Higgenbotham was alerted to the chase and went in route to assist with the pursuit.

When the chase entered Whitley City, the trooper observed the speeding motorbike and began to enter the roadway just north of the Whitley City Fire Department in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

As the Trooper was entering the roadway ahead of the speeding motorcycle, Winterholler apparently tried to evade the trooper and lost control of his bike, crashing into the side of Trooper Higgenbotham’s cruiser, causing massive damage to both vehicles.

Winterholler was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment, where he is listed in stable condition.

Trooper Higgenbotham was uninjured during the crash.

Constable Wallace stated Winterholler will be charged with various traffic and drug-related charges as a result of Sunday’s actions, including fleeing and evading, reckless driving, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance.

The officer also sated the suspect was wanted on outstanding warrants in Jefferson and Bullit Counties.

McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Perry and McCreary County EMS assisted at the scene.

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