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Officer hurt, man arrested after high speed chase

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A police officer is recovering after being hurt in a crash after a high speed chase.

Harrodsburg Police say 19-year-old Michael Isham is now facing charges, accused of leading the officer on that chase before crashing his truck into two fences.

Police say the incident happened shortly after 3 a.m. They say Officer Brian Hislope approached a Dodge pickup truck after noticing it driving in the center of the road.

"As he approached the vehicle, it sped off at a high rate of speed almost striking Officer Hislope," says Chief Rodney Harlow with the Harrodsburg Police Department.

For a couple miles, police say the driver of the truck led Officer Hislope on a pursuit until the truck topped a hill.

"He accelerated at a high rate of speed which left an enormous plume of black diesel smoke, totally obscuring Officer Hislope's vision," says Chief Harlow.

Officer Hislope left the roadway, striking a fence. It was a mile from where Officer Hislope wrecked that the Dodge pickup truck would leave the roadway, going through two wooden fences

Police would later charge the driver of the truck, 19-year-old Michael Isham, who they say fled the scene, with four counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief, fleeing and evading police and leaving the scene of an accident. In his truck were two females and a 17-year-old male who escaped with minor injuries.

"It's very dangerous. Receiving a phone call at that time in the morning you think the worst when they call in. I'm glad the officer is alright and doing fine. Even the passengers in the truck, there's danger to them. I know when I arrived to the scene there was a piece of plank fence that had went through the windshield and passenger compartment of the truck," says Chief Harlow.

As for Officer Brian Hislope, he's now out of the hospital and recovering.

19-year-old Michael Isham has bonded out of jail. He declined our request for an interview.

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