June 20, 2013

Driver narrowly misses police cruiser

Flees vehicle in attempt to avoid arrest

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Laurel County Sheriff’s deputy avoided a collision on Friday night, but the intoxicated driver who nearly hit him didn’t give up to being arrested easily.

Deputy Mike Ashurst was on patrol on Conley Road, three miles south of London, at 8:21 p.m. when he noticed a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck swerving on the roadway.

After the pickup narrowly avoided hitting Ashurst’s cruiser, the deputy turned around and witnessed the vehicle pull off the roadway behind a business. The driver, later identified as 43-year-old Tommy L. Robinson of West Robinson Road in London, exited the truck and ran into a nearby field. Ashurst pursued the man on foot, with both men crossing Conley Road and going into a wooded area.

Even after the chase, Robinson continued to avoid being arrested, putting up a struggle with Ashurst when the deputy caught up with him. Robinson was taken into custody and charged with his third offense of driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, no insurance, expired registration plates, fleeing and evading police on foot, resisting arrest and other traffic violations.

He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest.