Man accused of hitting cop with truck answers to charges

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

The crime was caught on tape. A man accused of hitting a police officer with his car answered to felony assault charges this morning in court.

Russell Wheat faces felony assault charges in Frankfort after his arrest late Friday night. It all started when Officer Byron Redmon pulled over a truck in a traffic stop for a suspected DUI.

The man behind the wheel, who police say was Russell Wheat, put the truck in reverse, trying to get away. The video shows Officer Redmon keeping up with the truck, but then the driver pulls forward, dragging Redmon with him.

The truck then crashed into the side of a parked car, narrowly missing other customers at a gas station. After that collision, the truck sped away, just missing another car as it leaves.

An injured Officer Redmon staggered to his cruiser to call for help. Police later found the truck abandoned in a neighborhood down the street. They searched for hours trying to track down the driver, then found Wheat in a wooded area and arrested him.

Because Wheat faces a felony charge, he automatically entered a not guilty plea. He is behind bars on a $100,000 full cash bond, and will be back in court in Feb. 15.

Officer Byron Redmon was treated for his injuries Friday after the incident, and released from hospital the same day.

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  • by NBA on Feb 9, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    Wow and something like this only happens what every 10 to 25 years? Very little of anything happens in Frankfort.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    Guy looks to be in pretty good shape at the court hearing. What a shame. Seems someone could have "spoken" to the drunk man and illustrated the good sense of NOT trying to run from the police and NOT putting Officers at risk while fleeing.
  • by john Location: frankfort on Feb 7, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    My god you found a dangerous man that they already identified and were able to call him on his cell, all because a cop got his pride hurt. I wish we.could get this. Type of attention on the drug problem in town
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    cop should shot him in between the eyes.but guess he didnt have time to do much.. hope he gets big time in jail.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    they should lock his stupid a,, up for bout 25 years or more.. people like that make me sick..
  • by Shirl Location: ky on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    I want to thank Officer Byron Redmon and all the fine officers that put their life on the line each and every day the serve us. Byron I hope your recovery is quick. May God Bless each and every one of you. Thank You for all that you do.


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