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Driver facing charges after hitting Constable's home, leaving scene

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

This cell phone video shows Jason Woodward being arrested Thursday afternoon but Woodward didn't appear to know why, until he met Jessamine County Constable Bobby Wombles, who showed him his home video.

"He just totally said it wasn't him, kind of denies it," said Jessamine County Constable Bobby Wombles, until he showed Woodward his cell phone video, "Right here, I've got you on tape. Does that look like your truck? And he was like 'Yeah, I guess it was."

Woodward is accused of hitting the Constable's home, on Whispering Brook Dr. in Nicholasville, and Wombles' security system caught the whole crash on camera. The video showed a lighter colored pick-up truck traveling through a neighbors yard. The driver attempted to stop, but was unable to do so before Wombles' home. The truck had front end damage, as well as a broken back glass.

"It kind of freaked me out, because I thought is somebody made at me? Did I do something? Were they trying to hit the house on purpose?" questioned Wombles.

Wombles says he was home, but admits he didn't even know of the accident until an early morning phone call from the Jessamine County dispatch.

"They said your house has just been hit. I said 'Hit? What you mean like burglarized or what?' They said, 'No! A big truck just ran into your house," described the Constable.

The impact broke the outer brick and dented Wombles' garage door, but Wombles says even a few inches in either direction and it could've been a lot worse.

"My (Constable's) car is just three feet on the other side (of the door), so he not only would've torn the garage up but he would've destroyed the car, too."

Wombles says he didn't know what caused the truck to race through his neighbor's yard and into his home, but this afternoon he got his answer. At approximately 2:00 p.m., a neighbor to the victim called 911 to report she saw a vehicle matching the description from the earlier incident on Whispering Brook Dr. The caller said the back glass of the pick up truck she saw was gone, had front end damage. She said the truck was in the Tractor Supply parking lot.

"I thought he was on alcohol, but he admitted to (using) percocet," said Wombles.

Woodward admitted to hitting the home. He was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Operating on a Suspended License.

The damage to Wombles' house will run several thousand dollars, he estimated, but knowing it could've been worse makes the video easier for him to watch.

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