CORNETTSVILLE — A routine traffic stop led to one Perry County teen being accused of attempting to murder police officers with his vehicle.
According to an arrest citation, Andrew Ray Oliver, 18, of Vicco was driving his white Toyota on Hwy. 699 in Cornettsville on Sept. 3 when Perry County Sheriff’s Department deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle.
The citation says Oliver attempted to flee from deputies by running off the highway and into bushes before coming to a stop.
Deputies Kevin Day and Mike Couch got out of their special patrol vehicles and Day approached the front of Oliver’s vehicle. After deputies told Oliver to exit his vehicle, the citation says Oliver drove backwards and then forwards trying to escape from both deputies.
During the struggle to flee from deputies, Oliver attempted to strike Deputy Day and Deputy Couch with his vehicle several times, the citation says.
According to the citation, Oliver struck Deputy Day in the knee after several attempts to flee. As Oliver was backing up, the citation says he attempted to strike Deputy Couch, who was standing outside of his special patrol vehicle.
Oliver was arrested and transported to Kentucky River Regional Jail where he was lodged in.
He is facing two charges of attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.