Police make arrest in connection with mounted police hit-and-run

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police have arrested a man they say crashed into a Lexington police horse and then drove away.

Lexington Police arrested 45-year-old William Grimes, charging him with Assault, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

On Thursday night, police say Grimes was working with his GPS as he drove down Main Street when he hit a police horse, knocking the mounted officer to the ground, and continued driving.

"He's doing remarkably well for a horse that just got hit by a car," said Officer David Johnson, who works with the horses of the mounted unit. He continued, "It probably pushed more than it did strike. So he was lucky in that way. A couple inches either way, who knows. It's one of those things where it's better to be lucky than good."

Police say Grimes also drove the car to his Georgetown address where he tried to cover up evidence of the crash.

"I really sincerely believe that if this situation was not on TV, on Facebook, on Twitter and talked about, we wouldn't have gotten the tip that really helped to lead to arresting the suspect in this case," Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts told WKYT.

The officer involved in the crash was taken to UK Hospital with minor injuries. Paco, the horse, is recovering from some scrapes and bruises at the mounted police stables, and is expected to be ok.

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