Man arrested after fleeing from police

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A Louisville man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly driving intoxicated and fleeing from police.

According to a press release from the Bardstown Police Department, officers received a report of an intoxicated man leaving the Busy Bee area in a gray Honda heading toward Bardstown at around 4:52 a.m. Nelson County Dispatch received a second call regarding the subject about 10 minutes later, stating the man was at Five Star on the corner of Stephen Foster Ave and Second Street.

Bardstown Officers Eric Williamson and Derek Sidebottom located the man’s vehicle in the parking lot of Five Star and ordered the driver, Austin Lee Harman, 30, of Louisville, to exit the vehicle.

According to the release, Harman would not exit the vehicle and instead, backed up and fled the scene in a reckless manner and without headlights on. The officers pursued Harman in the area of Fourth, Third and Broadway. The vehicle stopped at West Broadway and Third Street after striking the rear of Officer Williamson’s cruiser. Harman again refused to exit the vehicle and was forced from it by the officers. Harman suffered an injury to his head during the arrest, according to the release.

Nelson County EMS was called to the scene and Harman was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital for treatment. Upon his release from the hospital, Harman was lodged in the Nelson County Jail and charged with DUI, fleeing and evading police, two counts of wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding a stop sign.

The investigation is ongoing. Those with information regarding the incident are asked to contact Bardstown Police Department at (502) 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at (502) 348-3211.