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Man arrested after ramming cruiser

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A Paducah man on Saturday was charged with several offenses after he allegedly led police on a car chase and rammed a cruiser.

A 911 caller reported a hit-and-run collision at 8:06 a.m. to Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield. The collision occurred in the southbound lane of U.S. 45 North, near Folsomdale. The suspect was reported to be driving a red Dodge pickup truck erratically and colliding with road signs, KSP spokesman Jay Thomas said in a news release.

Sgt. Dean Patterson heard the report over the radio and tried to intercept the truck, which was driven by Roger D. Englert, 54. Patterson saw the truck off Sawyer Road allegedly doing donuts in a residential yard. The driver then returned to U.S. 45 and fled southbound, Thomas said.

Patterson activated his emergency equipment and tried to stop Englert, but the driver ignored him and continued south toward Mayfield, striking additional road signs, police said. Patterson then used an intervention technique to immobilize the truck before it could reach the Mayfield city limits. Once stopped, the truck was put onto the grassy median, Thomas said.

Trooper Michael Robichaud arrived and placed his vehicle on the southbound side of U.S. 45 to block Englert's truck. As Robichaud exited his cruiser, the suspect accelerated and intentionally rammed the cruiser, forcing Robichaud to take action to avoid being hit. The collision caused significant damage to the cruiser, Thomas said.

Englert's truck then rolled back to the bottom of the median, where Englert was taken into custody. He appeared to be very intoxicated from unknown substances and was admitted into the Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Thomas said.

Robichaud refused medical treatment at the scene, but was later taken to Jackson Purchase Medical Center, where he was evaluated and treated for a minor injury to his lower leg.

Englert's charges include leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, multiple counts of third-degree criminal mischief for damage to the road signs, first-degree criminal mischief for damage to the cruiser, and criminal attempt to commit murder of a police officer.

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