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Trooper injured during DUI arrest

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Allegations include speed of 106 mph on parkway

By Sarah Bennett

A Kentucky State Police Post 4 trooper was injured Wednesday night while attempting to arrest a Bardstown man for driving under the influence.

Trooper Jonathan Downs pulled over Jason E. Aaron, 26, around 7:30 p.m. near the 18-mile marker of Blue Grass Parkway after the driver passed him, police said.

Police said Aaron was going 106 mph in a 70 mph speed zone, according to a Post 4 news release.

Upon stopping the vehicle, Downs suspected Aaron was under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

When the driver failed field sobriety tests, Downs attempted to arrest Aaron, police said.

However, he resisted arrest, and during the altercation, the trooper sustained “significant injury to his left hand and thumb,” according to the release.

Norman Chaffins, KSP Post 4 spokesman, said Downs sustained a laceration to his hand and twisted his thumb “in a way it shouldn’t twist,” leaving him without use of his left hand.

Aaron allegedly continued to resist arrest, requiring Downs to deploy his Taser and administer two charges before the driver complied, according to police.

Downs was treated at Flaget Hospital, according to the release. Chaffins said Downs was given a sling and splint and will meet a hand surgeon to determine if surgery is needed.

Aaron was lodged at the Nelson County Detention Center. He faces charges of third-degree assault, driving under the influence – first offense, resisting arrest, menacing, speeding, careless driving and improper lane usage, according to the release.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.