According to Russell Springs Police Chief Tim Pierce, Russell Springs Police Officer Hayden Phillips was dispatched to assist in locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run collision in Jamestown.
The vehicle continued North on Highway 127 entering into Russell Springs. A caller advised that the vehicle was driving on sidewalks and running over mailboxes. Officer Phillips observed the vehicle being operated on the shoulder of the road and initiated his emergency equipment. The operator of the vehicle failed to pull over and a slow speed pursuit ensued. The fleeing vehicle finally came to a stop and Officer Phillips came in contact with the vehicle in efforts to stop the pursuit and protect the public. The operator of the vehicle was engaging in conduct that created a substantial danger of death or physical injury to other people.
Rhonda Thorpe, age 57 of Jamestown, was arrested and has charges from multiple agencies.
Jamestown Police Officer Larry Wesley charged Thorpe with two counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree and leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid.
Russell Springs Police Officer Hayden Phillips charged Thorpe with reckless driving, fleeing or evading police 1st degree, and criminal mischief 2nd degree.
Additional charges are pending.
Officer Hayden Phillips was assisted on scene by the Jamestown Police Department, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.