LMPD: Suspect crosses 4 lanes of traffic, assaults officers after crash

LMPD: Suspect crosses 4 lanes of traffic, assaults officers after crash

Christopher Constant is charged with two counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of assault, two counts of reckless driving and disarming a peace officer.

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on February 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 1:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A traffic incident along Interstate 64 near Hurstbourne Parkway has a Louisville man facing multiple charges.

According to the police report, 50-year-old Christopher Constant was driving along I-64 and was following so close to a  LMPD cruiser that officers inside the cruiser could not see the front bumper of Constant's car in the rear view mirror.

Police said officers could not slow down or pull over to the side of the interstate because of traffic.

Constant continued to follow the cruiser for about half a mile, police said, before he attempted to pass the cruiser in the right lane, striking the vehicle and forcing it into the median barrier as he merged back into the fast lane.

The report states the cruiser spun at lest one time in heavy rush hour traffic and the officer turned on the lights and siren before driving the cruiser into the median.

Police said Constant pulled his vehicle to the right should following the collision and charged across four lanes of traffic to get to the cruiser where he physically and verbally confronted the officers in the cruiser. Officers informed Constant he was under arrest.

When officers tried to place Constant in handcuffs, police said he began to struggle with the officers, pulling away from and kicking at them.

During the struggle, Constant "ripped the holster with a gun" from one of the officers' waistbands. Police also said Constant dropped a knife from his person during the struggle. Seeing that Constant was in possession of a weapon, the second officer held him at gunpoint until Constant grabbed the officer's gun with both hands.

Police said the officer pulled the gun from Constant's grip and regained control of his weapon before striking the suspect several time while the other officer tried to handcuff him. Constant was finally taken into custody when additional officers arrived at the scene.

Police said one officer suffered a cut on his forehead and face, as well as a broken finger. The second officers suffered minor injuries to his back and a finger.

Constant is charged with two counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of assault, two counts of reckless driving and disarming a peace officer.

 

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