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CPD Ofc. Brockman hurt in encounter with alleged drunken driver

Ofc. Brockman was coming on duty when he met, and turned on car described from Adair County Dispatch. The car was lost briefly, but Ofc. Brockman found it stopped at Burton Stone's private lot just east of first Russell Creek Bridge and Ed's Small Engine. (Google Map of 1900 block of Russell Springs Road). According to police, the driver attempted to flee, Ofc. Brockman held onto the car was dragged several feet, got free, but the driver came at him, striking him with vehicle, then came at the officer a second time when the officer discharged his duty weapon, and suspect stopped. Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Rainwater arrived and the suspect was subdued, arrested, checked at hospital, then lodged in Adair County Regional Jail, facing multiple charges. Ofc. Brockman was treated for injuries sustained, and released. CPD assisted on scene by personnel of Kentucky State Police, Adair County Sheriff's Department, and Adair County EMS. The case remains under investigation by Columbia PD Officer Jr. Murphy.

From Columbia Police Department, Jason Cross, Chief

On 1-12-2013 at approximately 9:46pmCTAdair Co dispatch notified officers of a possible drunk driver headed East on Hwy 80/Russell Road, in a black car followed by a van which was being operated by the caller.

Ofc. Josh met suspected vehicle as he came on duty

Columbia officer Josh Brockman was coming on duty and met the vehicle and turned on it. After losing it for a short period of time he noticed that it had pulled off the roadway into a private lot owned by Burton Stone on East 80/Russell Springs Road.

As he approached he noticed the driver, Donald Bearden of Columbia, KY, standing outside the vehicle and he smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

When Ofc. Brockman approached vehicle driver tried to flee

While officer Brockman was attempting to speak with Bearden, Bearden ran to his vehicle and attempted to take off. Officer Brockman attempted to prevent Bearden from leaving and was dragged several feet before getting free.

Driver makes pass at officer, strkes him, then makes second pass

Bearden then came toward the officer striking him with his vehicle, prompting officer Brockman to discharge his duty weapon; Bearden then turned and came after the officer again barely missing the officer and stopped.

Adair Deputy Aaron Rainwater arrives and helps subdue driver

At this time Adair County Deputy Sheriff Aaron Rainwater had arrived on the scene and officers were able to subdue Bearden as well as a passenger Ron Litteral, also of Columbia, KY.

Officer Brockman was transported by Adair EMS to Westlake regional hospital where he was treated due to injuries he sustained, and was released.

No one struck by gunfire

No one was struck by gunfire and Bearden was transported by EMS to be evaluated. He was released and lodged in the Adair County Jail by Deputy Aaron Rainwater and charged with Assault 1st on a police officer, wanton endangerment 1st degree, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, reckless driving, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Litteral was charged with public intoxication.

Columbia police were assisted on scene by the Adair County Sheriffs office as well as Kentucky state police. The incident is being investigated by Columbia police sergeant Jr Murphy. Story courtesy Columbia Police Department, Jason Cross, Chief, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY

This story was posted on 2013-01-13 03:19:14
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