Mercer Sheriff's Deputy Suspended After Accident Arrest

HARRODSBURG, KY - A Mercer County deputy sheriff has been put on leave with pay after his arrest Wednesday night for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in Lexington, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

The newspaper reports that 36-year old Chris Edwards was arrested and charged after witnesses told Lexington police that Edwards caused an injury accident, then left the scene, according to Fayette District Court records, the newspaper reports.

A citation says witnesses told police that Edwards ran a red light and drove down the wrong side of the road at high speed away from the accident. Edwards was arrested at Richmond Road and New Circle Road, reports the newspaper.

Lexington police suspect Edwards was under the influence of alcohol, according to the citation. He has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor, which is punishable by a $20 to $2,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Mercer County Sheriff Chris Kehrt said Edwards has been put on leave pending an investigation. His next court date is April 29, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Copyright: The Lexington Herald-Leader

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