Two Injured In Crash Involving Deputy

We have new information in a Jessamine County crash that involved a sheriff's deputy's cruiser.

The cruiser and Cadillac hit head-on just after three Tuesday morning. The police report says the Cadillac crossed the center line.

Police say the driver, 26-year-old Leonard Strauss, smelled of alcohol and refused sobriety tests.

The police report also cites the deputy's speed. He was reportedly going 70 mph in a 35 mph speed zone on his way to non-emergency call.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

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  • by M Location: Northern KY on Jun 22, 2007 at 01:33 PM
    I agree that officers are under paid work in difficult situatuions, but that doesn't mean they have a right to break the law. They should be there to enforce the law and set the example. I have seen too many times where an office will pass me going approx. 80-85 miles an hour and will pull off into a gas station. This is not an emergency...I have even approached the officers to ask them why they did this. They were not responding to an emergency, they were not responding to a call...they were thirsty, or needed gas, or wanted to get home a little faster. I agree they are human...but this is profession they choose and they should uphold the law and set the example. I ask all citizens to be more proactive and call the State Police post when you see this happen.
  • by trying-to-be-unbiased Location: danville on Jun 13, 2007 at 05:17 PM
    I dont think some of these people actually mean to blame or degrade police officers. I believe some people just would appreciate an unbiased look into police officers when an accident or other incedent happens. We all have witnessed police cruisers comitting traffic violations, for absolutey no reason. Just today I was driving on 127 between Danville and Junction City and witnessed a cruiser make a u-turn into the opposite direction, pulling into on coming traffic a jeep had to slam his brakes to keep from hitting him, the cruiser pulled to the shoulder of the hwy and sit there for a minute, then slowly pulled out into traffic. It was very obvious he was not on a call. Now my question is, we were all going right at 55 mph, if the jeep had hit the policeman, who would have been blamed?. Would the on coming traffic been speeding so therefore should have time to stopped? That would be my guess. Yes I know that is only a theory. But I along with many of other people have witnessed alot. For instance, Many times I have seen police cruisers parked in handycap parking spaces at Wal-Mart. I do admire and respect law enforcement. I have family that is in law enforcement. They are very underpaid for the job they do and they do not get enough respect. But please just be fair. In this case if the young man was drinking then he shouldnt have been on the road in the first place, so yes it was his fault. But if the officer was speeding and had turned his lights on, that would alert other drivers. Oh to the person that says officers dont run red lights with their lights on to get through them. Yes sir they do. I have witnessed it many times. Do you call turning on your lights to get through then pulling into the gas station for gas and a drink an emergency?! I pray both drivers make a full recovery.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:28 AM
    Let's all read the story again. Yes the officer was speeding BUT the person in the Cadillac CROSSED THE CENTER LINE and smelled of alcohol. I have many friends in law enforcement and I can tell you, they are better trained behind the wheel than anyone posting on this site; yes, me included. Just because they are driving faster than the speed limit does not necessarily mean they were driving in an unsafe manner. Do yourself a favor; please volunteer for a "ride along" one night with your local police department if they sponsor that program or try and see if you can possible get in their driving course. I guarantee it will open your eyes. If someone sees a strange person in their backyard at night and they call the police; that is a non-emergency call. The officer wants to get there quickly but without tipping off the "bad guy" that they are on their way, therefore, no lights, no sirens and faster speed. Just put yourself in the shoes of a person needing their help. Your thinking may be totally different than how you are currently thinking. If the guy in the Caddy didn't cross the center line, do we have a collision? That is an unanswerable question but the alcohol and crossing the center line factor diminishes the possibility
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    What about those women in blue? :)
  • by concerned Location: red river gorge on Jun 13, 2007 at 06:39 AM
    To Mel and JP in Lexington, thank you for standing up for me it seems... Notice Jack from Lex that I spelled enforcement with and "E" this time. I am sorry I over looked that when re-reading what I wrote. :) However, I was not trying to bash the law enforcement. I was just making a statement of what I have witnessed. I even witnessed a state police going approximately 65 in a construction zone just this morning licenses (edited). So in my own defense I wasn't passing judgment and am very proud of the men in blue and appreciate the great job they do and the service they provide each and everyone of us. But, on the same hand everyone has to agree there is those out there that bring a blemish to the uniform and that is all I was trying to say. To all the State, City, and County law enforcement officials I applaud you with a standing ovation and know that you are as I am very under paid!
  • by john doe on Jun 12, 2007 at 12:33 PM
    i drove onto this wreck right after it happend and i will not get into detail, but let me assure you that the sheriff was not at fault by anymeans. The other driver had no business behind the wheel
  • by nancy Location: nicholasville on Jun 12, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    Before placing blame - get all of the facts - regardless - an accident is an accident... speedy recovery to the parties involved...
  • by me Location: london on Jun 12, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    Um the last time i checked a police officer is human just like us citizens. Ive also heard more about citizens being in car accident more than police officials. And i agree with "Smarter than concerned".
  • by Trained Location: Southeast Ky on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:47 AM
    An accident happened in this part of the state a few years back involving an officer in which someone was killed. All the "concerned" jumped up in arms and claimed the officer ran a red light doing 100 mph. His dash cam clearly showed he had the green light and wasn't even remotly close to that speed. Sometimes accidents happen. Thats why we call them accidents. I've been in the Fire Service for over 13 years and couldn't tell you how many times I've recieved complaints on my firemen for driving to fast. But no one whose home we were responding to said "You need to slow down".
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    Lights/sirens aren't run when an officer doesn't want to signal that they are approaching so they don't alert the perpetrator. C'mon, people, it's a difficult job that's becoming more and more political and stressful from a legal standpoint. Concerned, Red River Gorge: I think it's time to rethink the attitude of the public that "assumes" that the cop's driving is inappropriate or not in the world would you know what was necessary?
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