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Deputy recovering after chase, crash with DUI suspect

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By Bryan Marshall

 

A Grant County Sheriff’s deputy was injured July 28 when his cruiser was struck by a vehicle during a pursuit.

Deputy Tony Stigers suffered a right dislocated shoulder and minor knee pain, according to Sheriff Chuck Dills.

Stigers, whose right arm is in a sling, was released a few hours after being in the hospital.

He will be on light duty for a week, Dills said.

The incident began when Williamstown Police Officer Dave Osborne saw a 1997 Nissan Maxima at the southbound Interstate 75 Exit 159 in Dry Ridge, weaving between the slow and middle lane.

The vehicle was traveling at 39 miles-per-hour and blocking another vehicle trying to pass, according to the police citation.

The Nissan turned right at the end of the exit ramp and fled at a high rate of speed, going through the Speedway parking lot before going eastbound on Highway 22 into Dry Ridge.

Through the chase, the Nissan passed several other cars and traveled more than 100 miles-per-hour, according to the report.

Stigers joined the pursuit around Gold Star Chili in Dry Ridge, according to Dills.

The suspect’s vehicle went into the Bank of Kentucky parking lot and as the driver was trying to exit the parking lot the Nissan hit Stigers’ cruiser head-on.

“Tony was slowing down to make a right-hand turn into the bank and (the suspect) shot out of that bank parking lot like a bullet,” Dills said. “When he did, (the suspect’s) left front struck (Stigers’) left front. Tony told me it was like a bulldozer. He was pushing him. As soon as (the suspect) hit him, he just kept on trying to get away from him and kept pushing him until they ended up on the southbound side of U.S. 25.”

Dills said the cruiser appears to be totaled with $5,000 to $6,000 in damages.

The driver, Jerome Kent Norman, 32, of Ft. Wright, was arrested by Williamstown Police Department after a pursuit.

According to the report, Norman, who does not have a license, had an odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath, slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and he stated he had too much to drink.

Norman was charged with assault, first degree-police officer, no operator’s license, driving under the influence(aggravating circumstances), unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first degree, careless driving, disregarding traffic control device-traffic light, fleeing or evading police, first degree (motor vehicle), reckless driving, failure to or improper signal, leaving scene of an accident-failure to render aid or assistance, unlawful imprisonment, first degree, wanton endangerment, first degree and wanton endangerment, first degree-police officer. 

Norman was lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.

Two backseat passengers allegedly pleaded for Norman to stop the car so they could get out, but he refused.

The passengers then jumped out the vehicle.

One of the passengers, Jimmy Norman, 36, of Corbin, was also arrested for alcohol intoxication.

Dills said whenever police are involved in a pursuit with a suspect, it is a “catch-22” situation to arrest the subject, but also keep the public safe.

“It’s a concern that we all have whenever a vehicle tries to elude us,” he said.