A Hopkinsville man is in critical condition at a Nashville hospital after a fight in the city early yesterday morning.
Hopkinsville Police were called to “The Park on Country Club” apartments at 702 Hickory Ridge Circle around 2am to the report of an altercation at a party.
The report by Sgt. Mike Felts says 19-year old Trevor Putty of Hopkinsville charged another 19-year old man during a verbal argument turned physical, with the other man retaliating by striking Putty in the face.
Putty fell to the ground, hitting the back of his head on the concrete. Police say Putty was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center and later transferred to a Nashville hospital, where he is in critical condition. Alcohol is listed as a factor in the incident.
A man wanted by the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly dealing drugs has turned himself in.
Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam says 18-year old Alijajuan Williams turned himself in to authorities in Christian County last night. Sheriff Burnam received a tip of drug activity on Wallace Avenue Friday and a search warrant resulted in the arrest of Williams’ mother—42-year old LaRossa Williams.
Her son refused a telephone request to return home and police were able to get a warrant for his arrest. Alijajuan Williams was charged with trafficking in marijuana and was lodged in the Christian County Jail.
The Trigg County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek 29-year old Roddrick Shemwell of 8616 Cerulean Road, Ceruean—who allegedly tried to run down Sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Godair and Deputy Rick Burgess with his vehicle following an incident at the Barkley Manor Apartments. There is a warrant for his arrest on fleeing from police and wanton endangerment charges.
Police say Shemwell should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone knowing his whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at 270-522-6014. His vehicle was found abandonded on Hillview Drive in Trigg County.
The Hopkinsville Police Department delivered on its promise for extra enforcement this weekend and set up a DUI checkpoint on a busy street last night.
HPD Sgt. Michael Felts says officers set up road blocks on both sides of North Main Street across from the Public Works building last night and early this morning.
188 vehicles were checked, 14 drivers were cited for not having proof of insurance, six for failure to wear seat belts, two were arrested on outstanding warrants, two were arrested on DUI charges, two were cited for driving after midnight on an intermediate drivers license and six on criminal charges for a total of 25 citations and seven arrests.
Hopkinsville Police have been trying to not only punish bad driving habits, but to reward those practicing good habits, according to Sgt. Felts, who said five dollar Chamber of Commerce gift cards were given to drivers exhibiting especially good habits, such as driving home groups of people who had been drinking.
The extra officers were brought from other shifts to place an extra emphasis on taking impaired drivers off the streets.
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.
Clarksville Police are also doing extra DUI patrols this weekend and an officer there found one the hard way.
A news release says Officer Tom Johnson was working as part of the DUI saturation patrols around 3am this morning when his patrol car was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver.
Officer Johnson was stopped for a red light at Fort Campbell Boulevard and Ringold Road when an SUV driven by 47-year old Stanley Mickens of Clarksville attempted to make a left turn onto Ringold, but instead hit the cruiser in the rear.
The wreck sent Officer Johnson to Gateway Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, while Mickens went uninjured. Mickens was taken to the hospital for medical clearance and then to the Montgomery Jail, with police saying he blew nearly three times the legal limit on the breath test.
Officer Johnson remains in the hospital, while Mickens is in jail on $500 bond.