Multi-county police chase ends in three vehicle collision in downtown Bowling Green
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Kentucky State Police have charged a man with attempted murder of a police officer following a multi-county police chase that ended in a multi-vehicle crash.
The driver of a green Ford, identified as Paul Edward Eden of Tennessee, was spotted driving recklessly in Simpson County earlier Tuesday. morning, according to officials.
Officials said, when the Simpson County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over the vehicle that was driving recklessly, the driver fled the scene.
Police said the chase started in Simpson County with law enforcement trying to pull over a car driving recklessly.
The chase continued on up Plano Road and turned down Scottsville Road in Warren County toward the downtown Bowling Green area.
With several troopers and Simpson County deputies in pursuit, Paul Eden, the driver of the green Ford, turned the wrong way down State Street, hitting two other vehicles.
Eden struck a GMC Terrain the front while the Terrain driver was attempting to turn onto State Street.
Michael Fenno, the driver of the GMC said, “I just woke up, like, not even an hour ago and then I came down this road and I just turned, because this is where I usually park, just down the strip right here, and it’s a one-way so I didn’t expect anyone to come at me. He was flying, like, very fast with, like, three or four cops behind him and, yeah, he crashed into me first and then, I think, he hit, like, one or two more cars.”
Seconds later, the green Ford barreled head on into a Jeep just feet away.
Kentucky State Lieutenant Chris Baker said Eden also attempted to hit law enforcement with his vehicle.
“During the pursuit, not only did he attempt to strike a Trooper, he attempted to strike other vehicles that were oncoming traffic,” said Baker.
Fenno said he was on his way to class to take a quiz.
“I’m just happy to be alive, honesty. Because that could have been a lot worse with how fast he was going,” said Fenno.
Baker is thankful there were no serious injuries during the pursuit but wants to remind the public to listen for sirens while driving because strange incidences like this do occur.
“I would advise always pay attention to your surroundings. If you hear sirens it’s a good idea to slow down even if you don’t see them. We were forced to go the wrong way down a one-way street following this vehicle. But that was actually safer for the people driving because if they hear sirens and blue lights that’ll give them an idea to slow down,” said Baker.
Eden appeared under the influence according to police and was taken to nearby hospital.
None of the drivers or law enforcement officers were injured.
Eden is charged with the attempted murder of a police officer, 2 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, vehicle theft and several other drug and traffic offenses.