EPD arrests man reportedly ducking in and out of traffic on East Dixie

A Brandenburg man allegedly intoxicated on a controlled substance was arrested after police say he attempted to steal two vehicles while running in and out of traffic in Elizabethtown.

Franklin Doyle, 24, was arrested after Elizabethtown police were called Friday afternoon to the area of East Dixie Avenue and Gallery Place, according to an arrest citation.

Witnesses and victims said a vehicle stopped to avoid hitting Doyle and he then entered the vehicle and attempted to grab the steering wheel, causing injuries to the driver.

Doyle then proceeded to lay down in the roadway creating a hazard, according to the citation.

Another vehicle stopped to avoid Doyle and, the citation said, he then also entered and grabbed the wheel and again the motorist was injured.

A police officer said he saw Doyle on the sidewalk in front of the Elizabethtown Fire Department station on East Dixie with three people attempting to get him under control.

In the citation, the officer said he told Doyle to stop and put his hands up. He put his hands in his pockets and ignored his instructions.

He said in the citation this action placed reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury to the point where he fired his Taser to subdue Doyle.

Stewart said Doyle had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, involuntary jerking of the body, sweating profusely and was manifestly under the influence of a controlled substance.

Doyle is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond and awaiting a video arraignment Monday morning. He’s being charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony punishable up to 20 years in prison.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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