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Police: Teens Injured After Vandalizing Church
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MCCRACKEN COUNTY - Two Paducah teens were injured early Thursday after fleeing from a church they had allegedly vandalized.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, just after midnight, deputies were dispatched to New Hope Cumberland Church for a report of criminal mischief. Just moments after this call was taken, another 911 call was received, reporting an injury collision at the intersection of Cross Mills Road and Coleman Cut Road. 

Deputies said the pastor of the church had found two teens actively vandalizing the children’s play area. As the pastor approached the two men, both teens ran to their vehicle and fled the area. The teens drove through the church yard and onto Cross Mills Road. 

Deputies said as the vehicle approached Coleman Cut Road, the driver, 18-year-old Cameron Baker of Paducah, failed to negotiate the turn and the vehicle left the roadway and struck a large tree. Baker and his passenger, 18-year-old  Austyn Lindsey, also of Paducah, were transported to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Deputies said Baker and Lindsey both confessed to damaging the property at the church, and alcohol and speed are both believed to be contributing factors in the collision. 

Baker was cited to court for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Deputies said criminal mischief charges will be sought against both teens for the property they intentionally damaged. Damages are estimated to be under $500. 

Published 03:14 AM, Thursday Jun. 07, 2018
Updated 04:56 AM, Thursday Jun. 07, 2018

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