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LaCenter resident facing multiple charges

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A LaCenter man was arrested Tuesday after trying to run away during a field sobriety test and brawling with a state trooper.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Logan Smith saw a white Volkswagen driving recklessly while on routine patrol in Ballard County Tuesday, according to the police report, and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Cunningham Road at about 11:43 p.m. Smith was conducting a field sobriety test on the driver, LaCenter resident Jake R. Wildharber, 20, when he fled on foot into a wooded area. 

Smith pursued Wildharber, who ignored orders to stop, into the woods. Smith used his Taser but, according to the report, the man continued to resist. Wildharber bit Smith on the hand and tried to take Smith's baton off the trooper's belt before he was subdued. 

An off-duty McCracken County deputy jailer, who overheard a call for assistance, arrived at the scene and helped Smith apprehend Waldharber. 

Wildharber was treated for minor injuries he received during the incident at Lourdes hospital and later released. He was charged with driving under the influence, first offense; first-degree fleeing and evading police; and third-degree assault. He was jailed in Ballard County.

Smith was assisted on the scene by the Ballard County Sheriff's Department and Ballard County EMS. The state police investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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