Indictment issued for multi-county pursuit

The Muhlenberg County man who led police in Todd and Christian County on a high-speed pursuit in April has been indicted by a Christian County grand jury.

The grand jury indicted 39-year old James Crick of Greenville for wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, DUI, reckless driving and several other counts.

Kentucky State Police notified the Todd County Sheriff’s Office of a pursuit on KY 181 north of Elkton about 11 p.m. on April 28 and Deputy Jonathan Knight responded, but was unable to get spike strips down in time due to the high speed of the vehicle.

He then joined the pursuit as Crick turned right onto US 68 toward Hopkinsville.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office successfully deployed spike strips at US 68 and the Bypass and Crick eventually lost control of his sportscar in the area of Western Hills Golf Course and struck a utility pole head on.

Meanwhile, a superseding indictment for two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of wanton endangerment, speeding, possession of marijuana and failure to maintain insurance was returned against 37-year old Robert Jackson of Marion.

Jackson was traveling south on Princeton Road about three and a half miles north of the Eagle Way Bypass in Christian County on December 23, 2019 when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Misty Quarles of Cerulean. Quarles’ pickup then went over a bridge and onto a creek bed.

Quarles and a passenger, 11-year-old Alexia Trump, died from their injuries. Two other passengers, 34-year-old Marcus Quarles and a juvenile, were seriously injured and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The previous version of the indictment had listed only one count of reckless homicide and three counts of wanton endangerment.