HAZARD — A Perry County man from the community of Wooton is facing multiple charges after police say he failed to yield during an attempted traffic stop after a KSP Trooper observed the individual’s registration plates were expired.
On Jan. 14, KSP Trooper Jeremy Elliotte observed a motor vehicle being driven by Brian K. Fugate, 37, of Wooton near the Avawam Fire Department with expired registration plates, an arrest citation says. After attempting to stop the vehicle, Trooper Elliotte says that Fugate accelerated.
Trooper Elliotte notified Post 13 in Hazard that Fugate failed to yield, and activated his emergency blue lights and his vehicle’s siren. He then proceeded to give chase to Fugate.
The citation says that after traveling 1.5 miles, Fugate’s vehicle abruptly cut into the other lane of traffic and into a gravel parking lot, coming to a stop.
Trooper Elliotte exited his vehicle, and the citation says that Trooper Elliotte began giving Fugate loud verbal commands to turn off the ignition and step out of the vehicle. According to the arrest citation, Fugate ignored Trooper Elliotte’s commands and accelerated quickly back to the roadway.
After entering his vehicle, Trooper Elliotte attempted to catch up with Fugate. During a curve, Trooper Elliotte lost sight of Fugate.
When Trooper Elliotte rounded the curve, he saw Fugate collide into an embankment on the right side of the roadway, the citation says. Trooper Elliotte immediately began to brake, and steered his vehicle into the East bound lane. Despite his best attempt. Trooper Elliotte’s police cruiser was struck by Fugate’s vehicle as Fugate’s automobile re-entered the highway, crossing the center line and colliding with Trooper Elliotte’s cruiser. Both vehicles came to a sliding stop in the East bound lane.
According to the citation, while both vehicles were coming to a stop, Fugate jumped out of his vehicle and took off on foot. He ran off the left side of the road, the citation says.
Trooper Elliotte gave chase to Fugate on foot, and both him and Fugate fell off an estimated 20 foot embankment and into the creek below, the citation says.
Once Trooper Elliotte was able to catch up with Fugate, Trooper Elliotte grabbed the back of Fugate’s jacket to attempt an arrest, and that is when, according to the citation, Fugate began to throw elbow strikes and punches with his right arm. The citation says that the strikes were aimed at Trooper Elliotte’s head.
The arrest warrant says in an attempt to defend himself, Trooper Elliotte hit Fugate in the right rib area with his expandable baton. According to the arrest warrant, the blow had no effect on Fugate.
Once Trooper Elliotte was able to separate himself from Fugate’s elbow strikes, Trooper Elliotte was able to use his taser. The jolt of the taser brought Fugate down, and Trooper Elliotte was able to handcuff him to make the arrest.
Trooper Elliotte helped Fugate to the top of the hill. Perry County EMS was called to transport Fugate to Hazard ARH.
Fugate was later flown to UK Hospital because of injuries that were sustained when he jumped off the 20 foot embankment, the arrest warrant says.
Trooper Elliotte was transported to Hazard ARH and was released to return to active duty.
Fugate was charged with second-degree feeling or evading police in a motor vehicle, second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal mischief, driving on a DUI suspended license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
He was previously arrested back in March 2015 on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, rear license not illuminated and failure to surrender revoked operator’s license.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.