December 30, 2013

Deputy narrowly escapes injury from DUI driver

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


A Laurel County Sheriff’s deputy had a close call during a traffic stop just after midnight Sunday, barely avoiding being hit by an intoxicated driver.

Deputy Mikey Ashurst was on a routine traffic stop around 12:11 a.m. Monday on Johnson Road, one mile east of London, when a speeding, out-of-control vehicle approached. Even with the blue lights flashing on his cruiser, the vehicle continued speeding by, forcing Ashurst to jump between his cruiser and the vehicle he had stopped to avoid being struck.

Acting quickly, Ashurst jumped back into his patrol cruiser and stopped the vehicle that nearly hit him. The driver, 27-year-old William B. Hays of London, was found to be under the influence. He was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, careless driving, no insurance, failure to give the right of way to an emergency vehicle and other traffic offenses. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest.