Danville police chief Jeff Peek narrowly escaped serious injury Thursday, quickly dodging an oncoming car as he directed traffic outside the Boyle County Fairgrounds.
Dressed in plain clothes, Peek was diverting drivers from the closed entrance of the fair to a second entrance north on the bypass.
Two vehicles were stopped in the right, north-bound lane, forcing the driver of an approaching Pontiac sedan onto the shoulder to avoid hitting them. The left-hand passing lane was occupied.
"He took evasive maneuvers, managed not to hit anyone," said Peek.
Driver Gerald Hawkins, of Danville, swerved sharply onto the shoulder and sped past the waiting cars before being able to stop several yards past the fair entrance.