Deputy, trooper crash while pursuing speeder

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Both officers injured in collision on U.S. 31E

By The Staff

A state trooper and a Nelson County sheriff's deputy, both pursuing the same speeding vehicle, collided Monday afternoon near New Haven.

Trooper C.G. Perry was headed north on U.S. 31E in Nelson County just after 2 p.m. Monday when he clocked a speeder headed in the opposite direction, a Kentucky State Police news release said. Perry pulled off the road and gave chase with sirens and lights engaged.

Nelson County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Clark also was southbound on U.S. 31E and clocked the same vehicle at a high rate of speed, the news release said. The deputy pulled into a driveway in an attempt to turn around and go after the suspect.

According to the KSP statement, Clark did not notice the trooper approaching and backed onto the roadway. Perry was unable to avoid a collision and struck the deputy’s crusier in the passenger side rear.

Perry was transported to Flaget Hospital in Bardstown. He suffered a broken hand and will undergo surgery.

Clark sustained injuries to his head and face which will require sutures. He also was treated at Flaget.

The collision occurred approximately 1 mile north of New Haven. The suspect vehicle continued south and did not stop after the collision, KSP reports.

An investigation into the crash is being conducted by KSP Sgt. Mark Gillingham.