Update: Pursuit Ends in Two Vehicle Injury Collision on Pembroke Road

Pembroke, KY (Christian County) - On Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 11:53 p.m., Leatrice Simmons, 89 of Pembroke, died as a result of injuries sustained during the collision.

As a result of Ms. Simmons' death, Quintrell Quarles has also been charged with Murder and Assault 1st.

He remains lodged in the Christian County Detention Center on a one million dollar bond.

Original News Release:

Pursuit Ends in Two Vehicle Injury Collision on Pembroke Road

Pembroke, KY (Christian County) - The Kentucky State Police investigated a pursuit that ended in a two-vehicle, injury collision that occurred on Pembroke Road, two miles south of Pembroke, on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Sergeant Jeffrey Ayres attempted to perform a traffic stop on a 2007 Buick Lacrosse that was traveling northbound on Pembroke Road. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Quintrell Quarles, 26 of Hopkinsville, KY, accelerated to a high rate of speed in an attempt to elude Sergeant Ayres. Mr. Quarles failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle, entering the southbound lane, striking a 1998 Honda CRV being operated by Nancy Simmons, 60 of Hopkinsville. Mr. Quarles' vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane. Ms. Simmons' vehicle left the southbound shoulder and overturned onto its passenger side.

Nancy Simmons, along with her passengers Leatrice Simmons, 89 of Pembroke, Timothy Kline, 14 of Hopkinsville, and Robert Simmons, 10 of Hopkinsville were all transported via ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment. All occupants, except Timothy Kline, were wearing seat belts.

Mr. Quarles was medically cleared by Jennie Stuart Medical Center before being lodged in the Christian County Detention Center. He was charged with the following:

  • DUI 1st Degree (Aggravated)
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (6 Counts)
  • Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)
  • Speeding 26 MPH or More Over the Limit
  • Reckless Driving
  • Operating on a Suspended License
  • Improper Equipment
  • Criminal Mischief 1st Degree
  • Improperly on the Left Side of the Roadway
  • Served with Five Arrest Warrants for Other Agencies
  • Sergeant Jeffrey Ayres investigated the collision. Sergeant Tim Sales, Sergeant Brian Duvall, Trooper Sean Wint, the Christian County Sheriff's Office, Christian County EMS, and Christian County Fire Department assisted at the scene.


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