Man arrested after accident

State Journal Staff Report Published:

Police arrested a Frankfort man Friday night on drug charges and endangering medical personnel after he allegedly fled the scene of an accident on Capital Avenue.

James Douglas Richardson, 28, of 601 Prince Hall Village, was driving his 1986 Ford Bronco down Fourth Street and running stop signs at about 8 p.m., according to witness statements to police, before colliding with a 1997 Explorer driven by Joseph Perry of 7 1/2 Grand Ave.

After being struck by Richardson's Bronco, Perry's Explorer hit the curb and a lightpole on Capital Avenue and rolled over, according to a police report. Perry was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, with hip and arm injuries.

When police arrived, Richardson fled the scene on foot. Frankfort Police Sgt. Roy Rivers pursued Richardson in a two-block foot chase ending near Frankfort High School. Richardson was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, and no operator's license.

Police reported Richardson was also arrested for first-degree wanton endangerment after he said he had a sexual disease and then spit on paramedic Mike Billings while he was attempting to check him for possible injuries.

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