Deputy Steven Oakley observed the vehicle and activated his blue lights. The operator of the vehicle refused to stop and continued in the wrong lane. The vehicle accelerated and reached speeds over 80 mph which deputies say was verified by radar. Several vehicles were run off the road and one vehicle was sideswiped in the chase.
The vehicle finally stopped in the roadway near Draffenville. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Clifton B. Strait, age 37 of Paducah, refused to exit and had to be removed by officers.
Strait was charged with speeding, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to produce an insurance card, failure to maintain insurance, wanton endangerment, first degree, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing or evading police, possession of open alcohol beverage contain in motor vehicle, reckless driving, disregarding traffic regulation, 1st offense.
Strait is lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.