According to Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 around 9:47 p.m., Deputy Josh Petry stopped a vehicle driven by Luther Akers on Mt. Vernon Road in Berea KY.
While gathering information from Akers, he placed the vehicle in reverse and accelerated at a high rate of speed striking Deputy Petry with the door. Akers proceeded southbound on U.S. 25 and failed to yield while Deputy Petry and Deputy Roy Johnson gave pursuit with their emergency equipment activated. Akers drove the vehicle into a private driveway, through a homeowner’s yard, and into a heavily wooded area. Akers vehicle struck several trees and became wedged. Deputy Petry and Deputy Johnson continued their pursuit on foot and ordered Akers to exit the vehicle, but he refused. Akers was extricated from the vehicle and after a struggle he was subdued. Deputy Petry was not injured during the pursuit.
Further investigation revealed Akers was driving a stolen vehicle which contained stolen registration plates.
Luther Akers, 41, of Stanford was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Police Officer), Fleeing and Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Theft of Motor Vehicle Registration Plate, Receiving Stolen U/$10,000, and Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense. Akers was also had two active warrant for Failure to Appear.