Thursday police news 101603

October 16, 2003

Vehicle hits ditch, driver treated

LIBERTY - Jerry A. Sherouse, 34, of Liberty was injured early today in a one-vehicle crash on Ky. 1552 six miles north of here, state police said.

Sherouse was taken to Casey County Hospital for treatment.

He was driving west when his vehicle swerved to avoid another vehicle, ran off the roadway, and overturned into a ditch, according to Trooper Brandon Curlis. The driver was wearing a seat belt.

Women injured in Casey crash

LIBERTY - A Russell Springs woman suffered injuries Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on Ky. 70 West, police said.

Helen Baker was taken to Casey County Hospital for treatment of back pain. Casey County Emergency Medical Service made the transport.


Police Chief Ron Whited said Baker was driving a truck when and car driven by David Peterson, Phillips Road, Liberty, reportedly drove over the center line. Baker said she tried to stop the truck, but it fishtailed causing the vehicles to collide in a curve.

Golf cart stolen from Liberty residence

LIBERTY - Darell Bastin told local police that someone took a 1960 model golf cart from his Wolford Street residence last week. The cart, valued between $500 and $600, apparently was pushed from the yard by the intruder.

Man injured when semi hits pickup

LANCASTER - A two-vehicle accident Wednesday in Garrard County sent one man to the hospital.

Tom Fitzgerald, 49, entered U.S. 27 from Kemper Lane in a 2001 Dodge pickup traveling south, and prepared to make a left turn into a private driveway, according a report by Trooper Troy Trayner.

Roger L. Sparks, 54, was driving behind Fitzgerald in a 2000 Kenworth tractor-trailer truck, and he told police he changed lanes to avoid hitting Fitzgerald's pickup from the rear when Fitzgerald slowed to make a turn. Fitzgerald turned left as Sparks changed lanes, and Sparks' semi hit Fitzgerald's pickup in the driver's side.

Fitzgerald was treated at the scene by Garrard County Emergency Medical Service and transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Girl injured when car forced off road

STANFORD - A Hustonville girl was injured Wednesday evening when a car she was in was forced off the road by a vehicle which then fled the scene, state police said.

Rita L. King, 43, of 80 Kings Road, Hustonville, was driving a 1996 GMC pickup west on Ky. 698 near McKinney when she met an oncoming vehicle that had crossed the center line, according to a report by Trooper Eric Taylor.

King steered to the right to avoid a collision, and her truck slipped off the shoulder and sideswiped a tree. A passenger in her car, Amber N. King, 12, of Hustonville, was treated at the scene by a member of the McKinney Area Rescue Squad and transported to Fort Logan Hospital for treatment of a possible neck injury.

Police are looking for a small, dark-colored car with a dark-tinted windshield and red writing on the side. Anyone with information may call state police anonymously at (800) 222-5555.

Man arrested after police chase

LANCASTER - A Paint Lick man was arrested Friday after leading Lancaster police on a chase.

Rick E. Arnold, 32, of 9183 Richmond Road, was observed driving with a broken windshield and a non-illuminated license plate about 11:30 p.m. on Maple Avenue, according to officer Willie Skeens. Arnold allegedly drove onto Buckeye Road and reached speeds of 60 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. Skeens stated in the report that Arnold attempted to flee police and crossed into the opposing lane with oncoming traffic, putting officers and other traffic in danger. Arnold allegedly turned into a residence on Buckeye Road, ran up a hill and tried to hide from officers in a thicket. Police located Arnold, who had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his person, the report stated.

Arnold was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, improper equipment, rear license not illuminated, reckless driving and speeding. |10/13/03***

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