By Venita Fritz
The attorney representing the Marshall County man who led police on a pursuit through two counties in a garbage truck Friday afternoon, Jeremy Ian Smith of Paducah, waived a formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client in Marshall District Court Monday afternoon.
At around 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Kentucky State Police responded to the area of the 16 mile marker of Interstate 24 to assist McCracken County Sheriff Department in the pursuit. Prior to the initiation of the pursuit, McCracken County’s Dispatch Center received multiple calls reporting a dump truck traveling the wrong way on the interstate. Upon further investigation, multiple collisions were reported involving the truck at various locations in McCracken County.
Upon the arrival of police near the McCracken/Marshall County line in Interstate 24, KSP took the lead in the pursuit. The pursuit continued into Calvert City into the Industrial Complex. The pursuit ended near the intersection of Highway 1523 and Highway 62, where the dump truck became disabled after police placed a spike strip. The driver, Dalton M. Lampley, 23, of Calvert City, Kentucky was taken into custody.
Seven passenger vehicles and a semi-truck were involved in collisions with the dump truck. Numerous people were transported by ambulance to hospitals in McCracken County. One person was later airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for injuries.
Lampley was transported to Marshall County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Upon his release from the hospital, Lampley was lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center for multiple charges including 1st degree fleeing or evading police, 1st degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, 1st offense driving Under the influence, 1st degree possession of a controlled substance (Meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.
The Paducah Police Department also charged Lampley with seven counts of assault.
Lampley is being held in the Marshall County Detention Center on a $750,000 cash bond.
He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 29.