• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Shot fired near Versailles officer

Adam Foster Cooke (2007 photo)

A Versailles man faces two counts of first degree wanton endangerment and other charges after an encounter with a Versailles police officer near Grier's Creek last week. According to the complaint filed by Woodford County Attorney Alan George, Versailles Police Sgt. Daniel Clark responded to a report of shots fired along Grier's Creek at 8:10 p.m. on May 31. Clark met with the resident of 640 Griers Creek Road, who showed him where the shots appeared to have come from. Clark drove down to a nearby one-lane bridge and saw a 2010 Honda CRV stopped with the engine off at the end of the bridge. (In the complaint, Clark is referred to as the "affiant." His name is substituted in this story.) "Clark activated his emergency lights as his marked cruiser came to a stop and began to exit his vehicle when a shot rang out, believed to be in Clark's direction. Clark then quickly got back in his cruiser, and (the) defendant rapidly accelerated head-on at Clark's cruiser, swerving around it to narrowly avoid a collision that could have seriously injured or killed Clark, and proceeded up Griers Creek Road at speeds of 60 mph to 70 mph as Clark pursued him," the report said. According to the complaint, Adam Foster Cooke "eventually" struck a tree head-on. Clark drew his gun and approached the CRV, saw the front and rear air bags had deployed and that Cooke, of 608 Oxford Road, was not wearing a seatbelt and appeared to be injured. Clark called for an ambulance and the fire department, and before they arrived, Cooke allegedly told him that he was drunk, but hadn't been shooting at him. Cooke refused a blood alcohol test at UK Chandler Hospital. A search warrant on the vehicle the next day revealed a capped but previously opened bottle of Ancient Age whiskey, a plastic baggie with a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana grinder in a child's backpack, a 9 mm handgun, a 9 mm magazine and three spent shells. Clark also found a spent round on the driver's side of the road. Along with the Class D felony wanton endangerment charges, Cooke was also charged with a Class D felony of fleeing and evading police, aggravated DUI (for refusing the blood test), failure to wear a seatbelt, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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