A local candidate for political office was doing a “ride-along” with Hopkinsville Police last night and learned first hand the dangers an officer is in at all times.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Federico Rodriguez had stopped his cruiser on the side of Woodmill Road around 8pm to check the status of a pedestrian when a southbound vehicle side-swiped the police car.
In the passenger seat of the cruiser was 49-year old Max Sturdivant, Jr. of Hopkinsville—who is running for State Represenative in the general election. Sturdivant went uninjured, but the driver of the vehicle continued on without checking his status.
Officer Rodriguez and other units began to pursue the vehicle, which was eventually stopped at East 18th and Goodrich.
The driver, 58-year old Ronnie Smart of Hopkinsville, reportedly failed field sobriety tests and told police he had been drinking all day and was trying to drive home. Smart was arrested on DUI, fleeing from police and leaving the scene of an accident charges.
The arrest card says he blew a .169 on the breath test at the jail, over double the legal limit.