Teenager arrested, accused of trying to hit officer with stolen car

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 12 at 12:06 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A teenager was arrested after police say he allegedly tried to run over a Louisville Metro Police officer with a stolen car.

Louisville Police have charged 19-year-old William Derksen with theft, burglary, assault, fleeing and wanton endangerment.

It happened on Rockford Lane in Shively around 5 p.m. Friday.

Police say Dixie Auto Sales reported a car stolen and a Louisville Metro Police Officer tried to stop the car on Rockford. At some point during the stop, MetroSafe says the driver of the car tried to run the officer over. The officer fired an unknown number of shots and the car, a white Mercury Cougar, fled.

No one was hurt, and a Shively officer providing backup chased the car a few blocks east to the intersection of Rockford and Van Hoose Road, where witnesses say the car skidded across the road attempting to turn and ended up in a corner yard.

The two passengers in the car were not charged.

LMPD's Public Integrity Unit is investigating the officer who fired the weapon.

Rockford and Van Hoose is the same corner where an ambulance driver crashed in 2008, killing a patient she was transporting. The driver received 10 years in prison.

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