Officials say intoxicated man evaded police, fought arrest

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By Mallory Bilger

The pursuit of an impaired driver ended Friday with a Mount Eden man going to jail on multiple charges, but not until after his alleged attempts to flee police and resist arrest.

William. T. Patton, 56, of Murphy Lane in Mount Eden, was arrested by Spencer County Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump at approximately 3:22 p.m. at Ky. 44 and Fairgrounds Road, according to an arrest citation.
He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs second offense, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, possession of an open alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, resisting arrest and second-degree criminal mischief.
Chief Deputy Jonathan Bentley said someone at Settler’s Trace Grocery, Deli & Bait House reported a possibly impaired individual in the store, which led to Stump responding to the area.
“The call we got was that he couldn’t hardly stand up,” Bentley said.
According to the citation, Stump witnessed Patton weaving in the road and pulled him over at the Fairgrounds Road intersection.
“After (Patton) gave his operator’s license to the sheriff the above subject put the truck in gear and sped off throwing rocks,” the citation says. “The sheriff pursued the subject. Subject went approximately 600-700 feet and the vehicle stopped after throwing the drive shaft. Subject got out of the truck and told the sheriff he wasn’t taking him to jail.”
The citation notes that Patton had slurred speech and an open 1.75 liter of Kessler Whiskey in his floorboard.
According to the citation, after the second traffic stop, a physical altercation ensued and Stump was only able to get handcuffs on the subject with his hands in front of his body, as opposed to behind.
Patton allegedly continued to resist, ending in another altercation and Patton hitting his head on the asphalt. Kentucky State Police responded and provided backup, as well as sheriff’s department Det. Tony Mattingly
“The sheriff’s uniform pants and shirt were damaged during the altercation. Several people stopped on the roadway because it was blocked and got out of their vehicles. One citizen offered to help,” according to the citation.
Patton is being held at the Shelby County Detention Center and, as of press time, his court date was not available through the Kentucky Courts Online system.