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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  • by Keh Hilbert Location: Harrodsburg on Mar 31, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    Go figure sounds like what I have figured would happen for years for this fellow... I wonder if he saw his law enforcement carrer flash before his eyes. I hate that he involved a innocent person or persons but THE OUTCOME COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED TO A BETTER PERSON.. HA HA HA
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    A lapse in judgement yes. How many of us make mistakes like this before and yet we don't lose our jobs for it. People want him punished because he's a public figure who made one bad decision.
  • by MAD AS HELL Location: MOREHEAD on Mar 31, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    WHAT?????Still gets PAID? You guys are a joke!!!!JUSTICE??????WHERE?????????Not in Lexington or Harrodsburd..Shame on KY AGAIN.How dumb looking must we LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Cynic Location: E. Ky. on Mar 30, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    Must be nice. I've never heard of any other job where you can cause (or just be part of) an accident, shoot someone, or violate the law in almost any other way, and though suspended, you still draw pay. If it's anything like up in Louisville, he'll get a slap on the wrist and be back behind the wheel in next to no time.


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