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Deputies injured attempting to stop fleeing suspect

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By Staff

Two Nelson County sheriff’s deputies sustained minor injuries Monday while apprehending a suspect in a burglary investigation.

Officers got a call around 11:30 a.m. that there was a burglary in progress at 3104 Plantation Circle in Bardstown. When they arrived, they found Zachery Levi Perkins, 28, of Bardstown in a car outside that address and confirmed that he had an active felony warrant for probation violation.

When deputies asked him to step out of his vehicle to arrest him, Perkins refused to comply and tried to flee, running over Deputy Chris Conway’s foot, but not breaking it. Deputy Dalton Pinkston was able to reach through the driver’s side window to stop the car, but hurt his hand.

The deputies then gained control of Perkins, got him out of the vehicle and arrested him.

Perkins and Conway were transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital by Nelson County EMS, and both Conway and Pinkston were treated and released.

Capt. Mike Clark said Tuesday morning their injuries were not serious.

Perkins was also treated and released and taken to the Nelson County Jail.

According to Lt. Jason Allison of the Sheriff’s Office, Perkins has a criminal history.

According to a story in The Kentucky Standard, in 2008, when he was 18, Perkins was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment for threatening a couple with a gun after he thought their car was following him too closely on Ky. 49.

The felony warrant for probation violation stemmed from an arrest in August 2017 for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, heroin, followed by absconding and failure to complete a drug treatment program.

Perkins was not charged with burglary because officers were unable to determine if he had been involved. However, he is charged with several offenses including fleeing and evading police, two counts each of third-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment and resisting arrest, driving on a DUI-suspended license, disorderly conduct and the original probation violation charge.