Man critical at UK hospital after evading police and crashing in Campbellsville Tuesday

jwarren@herald-leader.comOctober 30, 2013 

A 63-year-old man was listed in critical condition Wednesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after wrecking his car while trying to evade police in Campbellsville.

Eugene Earl Gentry of Lafayette, Tenn., had been listed in serious condition Tuesday night, but his condition was downgraded to critical Wednesday morning, hospital officials said.

Campbellsville police said that about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Gentry entered the Citizens Bank and Trust in Campbellsville, and bank employees thought he was behaving suspiciously. He then left.

Police were notified, and a Campbellsville officer spotted a vehicle matching a description provided by the bank and stopped the car. However, the driver sped away when the officer approached.

Police pursued the car, which ran off Ky. 55 and hit a parked semi while being chased by an officer. Gentry, the driver, was flown to UK Hospital.

Meanwhile, police and sheriff's deputies in neighboring Adair County want to talk with Gentry in connection with a bank robbery there in 2012.

Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss said Gentry resembles a photo of a suspect in the robbery at the United Citizens Bank in Columbia.

"It looks like him to me," Moss said Wednesday.

Moss said he showed the picture of the Columbia suspect to Campbellsville officers after Tuesday's incident and they also thought the man resembled Gentry.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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