Names of officers involved in crash released

Air 3 was on the scene of the crash in Nelson County.
Air 3 was on the scene of the crash in Nelson County.

NEW HAVEN, KY (WAVE) –The names of the officers involved in a crash near New Haven have been released.

The crash happened around 2:00 p.m. on Highway 31E about a half-mile north of New Haven.

KSP says Kentucky State Police Trooper C.G. Perry clocked a car traveling south on 31E at a high rate of speed. Perry was headed north, but turned around, turning on his lights and sirens to pull over the speeding car.

Nelson County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Clark was also headed south on the same road when he too clocked the same car speeding. Clark was backing out of a driveway and didn't see Perry coming and pulled into the road. Police say that Perry was unable to avoid Clark and struck Perry's car in the passenger side.

Police say both Perry and Clark were transported to Flaget Hospital. Perry suffered a broken hand and has to have surgery. Clark suffered injuries to his head and face that required stitches.

The suspect vehicle continued south and did not stop after the collision.

Eyewitness turned good Samaritan Grant Bennett saw the crash.

"I ran down and told [my son] to stay up at the house and I ran down to help the [Nelson County] officer and he had a cut to the back of the head. Myself and another guy who stopped went over and pulled the state trooper out of the car because it was smoking," Bennett told WAVE 3 News.

Bennett was about to mow the yard where the crash took place.

"Normally if it would have been about 30 minutes later I would have probably been on this hillside mowing," he said, adding that he felt like he was in the right place at the right time.

An internal police investigation continues into the crash.

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