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Hodgenville, Kentucky pays final respects to Officer Mark Taulbee

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The city of Hodgenville, Kentucky is paying its final respects to fallen police Officer Mark Taulbee.

Visitation for Officer Mark Taulbee was scheduled Thursday evening and from 9:00 to noon on Friday.  His funeral will follow.  All are being held at the Hodgenville Civic Center.

Several groups had asked about tributes along the procession to the cemetery Friday.  Here is the route, provided by Supporting Heroes:

  • Depart Civic Center northbound on So. Lincoln Blvd.
  • Continue on So. Lincoln Blvd. through traffic circle to KY-3204.
  • Turn left onto KY-3204.
  • Turn right onto Lincoln Parkway (SR-61).
  • Continue on Western Kentucky Parkway
  • Take Exit-136 onto US-31W By-Pass.
  • Continue approximately two miles and turn left onto Saint John Road.
  • Continue on Saint John Road approximately 16 miles.
  • Turn left onto North Grandview Church Road.
  • Follow approximately ½ mile to Taulbee Family Cemetery.

 On Thursday, Officer Taulbee's body was brought inside the civic center.  People lined the streets with American flags to pay their respects.  The Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders lined the civic center along with representatives from various police agencies.

Early Sunday morning, Officer Taulbee slammed into an embankment and died after his police cruiser flipped and he was tossed from the car.  He had been pursuing Jason Avis on State Route 210.

Police say Avis took a woman's car after a domestic disturbance and Taulbee spotted him.  After the fatal crash, Avis eventually turned himself in.

The mayor tells WDRB their speed during the chase got up to at least 70 miles an hour.  Kentucky State Police are heading both the crash and death investigation.

Avis, already charged with fleeing and evading and wanton endangerment, could face more charges.  The investigation is expected to take at least two weeks.

Taulbee leaves behind a wife and two children.

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