Henderson police arrest suspect in deadly motorcycle wreck

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Published: Jul. 18, 2022 at 12:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2022 at 12:33 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson police have arrested the suspect they say was involved in the Friday crash that killed a motorcyclist.

According to police, that suspect was identified as 52-year-old Barry Lee Harper.

Barry Lee Harper
Barry Lee Harper(Henderson Police Department)

On Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., Henderson Police Department found Harper at a family member’s house in Robards, Kentucky.

According to a press release, Harper was arrested on a warrant for leaving the scene of an accident failure to render aid - serious injury. He was taken and booked into the Henderson County Detention Center.

On Monday, HPD detective John Nevels says they released the name and picture of Harper in the hopes that somebody might recognize him and help lead to his arrest.

“We’re sure by now that Mr. Harper and his family all know that he’s wanted, and so we decided to release his picture and his name to the public,” says detective Nevels, “See if any of them have any information on where his whereabouts might be.”

That wreck happened Friday morning near the intersection of Highway 425 and Old Corydon Road.

Police were looking for the driver of a Dodge van that collided with a Kawasaki motorcycle and then ran on foot, leaving the van behind.

Officers say Harper was the one who fled.

The search for Harper lasted six hours on Friday night and continued on for three days.

Officials say Charles B. Harris III died at the scene and they rushed the passenger, Patricia Harris, to Deaconess in Evansville.

Detective Nevels says Harper had a suspended license from a previous DUI at the time of the accident.

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