A Frankfort man has been charged with attempted murder after he rammed a Franklin County deputy sheriff’s cruiser and fled the scene early today.
Richard L. Lancaster, 22, was arrested and charged with attempted murder against a police officer, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, fleeing or evading police, leaving the scene of an accident and menacing, court records show.
A deputy sheriff and a Kentucky State Police trooper were on a meal break when the deputy was called to answer a domestic disturbance call around 3 a.m. today at 96 Appomattox Drive, where Lancaster lives with his parents, Sheriff Pat Melton said. Both responded to the call and on the way, dispatch told the deputy that Lancaster had pulled a knife on his parents.
Police arrived and learned the man had fled in a van and was driving around the neighborhood. During the pursuit, Lancaster rammed his car into one of the pursuing vehicles, knocking out the front driver’s side tire and temporarily trapping a deputy sheriff inside, Melton said.
Lancaster's car caught fire and he fled, Melton said. A neighbor rushed to put out the fire when it became clear the deputy’s door was jammed from the crash, Melton said.
Meanwhile, the suspect was chased down, arrested and taken to Franklin County Regional Jail, where he’s held on no bond.
Both the deputy and Lancaster were not injured in the crash, Melton said.
Frankfort police arrested Lancaster earlier this weekend after a disturbance on Holmes Street, Melton said.