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Motorcycle chase and foot pursuit ends in arrest

You can’t drive a motorcycle recklessly and fast in Morgantown.  That was the message sent by the Morgantown Police Department last week following a chase, pursuit and arrest.

On June 3 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Morgantown Police officers attempted to stop a motorcycle in town that was driving recklessly traveling at high rates of speed and running stop signs on Porter Street.  The motorcycle rider then began to attempt to flee or evade the officer by going out Woodbury Loop. The motor vehicle pursuit ended on Mooretown Road and was followed by a short foot pursuit with the subject fleeing MPD Officer Paul Evans on foot.  Once captured, the subject then began to resist arrest and was tased before eventually being brought under control and handcuffed.

Through a subsequent investigation, the subject, Shirley Stewart Jr, age 38, of Morgantown, KY was found to be operating a motorcycle with no motorcycle permit/ license, no registration plates, no registration receipt and no insurance and two active warrants. Once cleared by EMS, Stewart was charged with disregarding a stop sign, reckless driving, fleeing or evading police 1st degree (motor vehicle), fleeing or evading police 2nd degree (on foot), resisting arrest, failure to produce insurance card, no registration plates, no registration receipt, and no motorcycle operator’s license. Stewart was lodged in the Butler County Jail. Morgantown City Police officers were assisted by Butler County Sheriff’s deputies, who arrived at the scene, and Butler County EMS.



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