Pryorsburg Church Damaged by Vandalism
By WestKyStar Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - A Mayfield area church was severely damaged Sunday by a man who vandalized the building after crashing his car into the front of it.
Shortly after Easter officially began in the area, 20-year-old Tennessee resident Paul Morgan, Jr. intentionally crashed his truck into the front doors of Pryorsburg Independent Methodist Church on US 45 South in Mayfield.
Morgan then entered the church and committed several acts of vandalism, damaging numerous items including most of the church's electronic sound system. The system sustained 20 to 25 thousand of the estimated 30 thousand dollars worth of damage Morgan is accused of causing. Reports claim that the pastor's office was also severely damaged. WestKyStar.com was able to obtain several pictures of the damage inside the church.
Morgan allegedly had several cuts on his hands and lost a significant amount of blood in the church before he got back in his car and left. Neighbors had called police but Morgan was already gone when they arrived on the scene. Deputies found Morgan almost immediately thereafter and began a pursuit on KY 1748 East.
Morgan crossed KY 339 West and KY 1748, completely disregarding the stop sign and continuing south on Stubblefield Road. Morgan reportedly reached speeds nearing 90 mph before he lost control and crashed his car, flipping it several times. Part of car's interior caught fire, but a deputy was able to extinguish it very quickly.
Morgan was taken to a local hospital before being transported to Vanderbilt Hospital with undisclosed spinal injuries.
Morgan faces charges including Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st and 3rd Degrees, Fleeing and Evading Police 1st Degree (motor vehicle), Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Reckless Driving, and Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle.