Vandalism suspect hit by car

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

February 13, 2014

A Leitchfield man who was arrested earlier this month in relation to vandalism charges was struck by a vehicle in front of Mi Camino Real on Thursday, Feb. 13.

At around 8:32 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, the Leitchfield Police Department and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services were called to a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle in front of the Mi Camino Real Mexican restaurant at 208 West White Oak Street in Leitchfield.

Timothy J. Mercer, 30, of Leitchfield, was leaving the restaurant and crossing the roadway when he walked into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, that was operated by Brittany Brooks, 20, of Caneyville, and traveling west on West White Oak St., according to LPD Public Information Officer Norman Chaffins.

Mercer was treated at the scene and transported by GC EMS to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for accident-related injuries, LPD Patrolman Ian Renfrow said on the scene.

Mercer was later transferred to University of Louisville Hospital for further treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Chaffins.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Leitchfield Fire Department, and Kentucky State Police assisted the LPD at the scene of the accident.

The crash is currently still under investigation, with LPD Detective Kevin Smith leading the investigation.

Seven days prior, on Thursday, Feb. 6, Mercer had been arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief 1st Degree in relation to an act of vandalism that took place at James D. Beville City Park.

According to Chaffins, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, the LPD responded to a complaint of vandalism at James D. Beville City Park in Leitchfield.

The vandalism, which resulted in more than $2,000 in damages to the property, had reportedly occurred sometime during the evening of Monday, Feb. 3.

Vandals had caused “significant damage to a grassy area near the athletic fields of the park by driving a four-wheel drive vehicle in an area that was not intended for traffic,” according to Chaffins.

During the course of the investigation, officers discovered that a video had been posted on social media of the incident that had caused the damage, and this led to Mercer’s arrest and charge, according to Chaffins.

Mercer was transported by police to the Grayson County Detention Center.

“He must have made bond,” said Chaffins in regards to Mercer’s being out of prison at the time of the Feb. 13 crash.

The investigation into the vandalism is also currently ongoing.