Attempted Arrest


Police officers from the Kentucky State Police and from the Bowling Green Police Department say they had no choice but to strike a man during an early morning arrest on Saturday.

Bowling Green police say fifty-one year old Thomas Edward Heltsley was pulled over for speeding on Veterans Memorial around two o'clock Saturday morning.

The officer detected an odor of alcohol.

They say Heltsley refused to get out and take a field sobriety test.

Instead, he put his vehicle in gear and sped away.

a KSP unit tried to pull him over and again he fled.

Heltsley struck a concrete barrier at Kentucky and Adams street.

Trooper Matt Allen caught up with Heltsley in front of the Waffle House of Russellville Road.

Police say Heltsley wrapped his arms around the trooper's legs and bit his calf.

Officers from BGPD and Western jumped in to get Heltsley off of Allen.

Witnesses at the Waffle House say the officers struck Heltsley with one of their fists, a flashlight, and an asp.

That's one of those extendable sticks that police carry.

Heltsley was taken to the Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition.

He is charged with numerous charges including speeding, fleeing and evading police 1st degree, wanton endangerment 1st degree, assault 3rd degree, DUI 2nd degree, reckless driving, and resisting arrest.


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