What would have been a fairly normal traffic stop turned into an arrest last night when the driver of a vehicle allegedly tried to evade Hopkinsville Police.
The pursuit began on East 21st Street around 11:30 Saturday night when Officer Rogers Stephens clocked 31-year old Gary Douthitt of Hopkinsville driving 45 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone.
Officer Stephens activated his lights behind McDonalds, but writes on the citation that Douthitt drove into the housing area of James Village and then over a high curbing and down a steep hill into a field.
The suspect allegedly abandoned his vehicle and ran into some woods, later telling police he tried to hide under the water in a creek. Officer Stephens would eventually arrest Douthitt and charge him with speeding, failure to maintain insurance and fleeing from police. Douthitt reportedly said he ran because he knew he didn’t have insurance and that police scare him.
City police investigated a traffic incident which left a mother and daughter injured Friday night.
The crash occurred at the terminus of the Martin Luther King Bypass at a quarter to 8 when the driver of the vehicle, 34-year old Sarah Harper of Bowling Green, turned around to give the passenger, 8-year old Riley Harper of Cadiz, a cookie, and failed to observe the stop sign at the Russellville Road end of the bypass.
The vehicle continued across U.S. 68-East and went into a field.
Officer Tommy Hoffman says both occupants were wearing seat belts and were taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Police in McCracken County had to gun down a suicidal man who brandished a weapon to police yesterday morning.
A news release from KSP says the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office received the call of a suicidal man on Oriole Lane around 11am and found 50-year old Michael Lakin brandishing a handgun in a window when they arrived.
Deputy Jared Rivera backed his cruiser out of the man’s driveway and took cover behind it. Police say Lakin then came to the front door of the residence showing a gun and a sword.
Lakin was reportedly given orders to drop the weapons, but instead advanced toward Deputy Rivera’s position. The deputy fired one shot into Lakin’s torso, causing him to retreat back to the home. Lakin was taken by ambulance to a Paducah hospital and waas listed in serious condition.
Kentucky State Police have charged Lakin with third degree assault of a police officer.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a shots fired incident from overnight.
Few details were immediately available, but Sgt. Mike Platero says HPD investigated a shots fired complaint on Colonette Drive, with no one injured in the incident.
We’ll have further information with the release of the official report.
A man on a moped was injured in a wreck on Koffman Drive Saturday.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 33-year old David Parks of Hopkinsville was westbound on Koffman around 11:40 when he lost control of the moped and was thrown to the ground.
Parks told Officer Joseph Garcia that he didn’t see a speed bump in time and the impact knocked him off, though Officer Garcia writes on the report that marks on the pavement make it appear as though the incident started just before the speed bump.
Parks, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.