Man charged with murder after fatal hit-and-run in Portland neighborhood

Man charged with murder after fatal hit-and-run in Portland neighborhood
Charles Ballard (Source: LMDC)
Charles Ballard (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man was arrested and charged with murder after a fatal hit-and-run accident Sunday morning in the Portland neighborhood.

Louisville Metro police were called to Griffiths Avenue near 25th Street shortly after 4 Sunday morning where they found Cory Russell Starrett, 24, who had been struck by a vehicle.

Deputy Coroner Larry Carroll pronounced Starrett dead at the scene at 5:33 a.m. from multiple blunt force injuries.

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According to the arrest citation, witnesses pointed police to the suspect, 26-year-old Charles Ballard, who was located a short distance away from the scene of the accident in the driver's seat of his Ford Explorer with the engine running.

Officers say the front end of Ballard's vehicle was clearly damaged from the collision. Ballard admitted to drinking and told officers his girlfriend had thrown a brick through his windshield.

Ballard eyes were glossy and red and alcohol could be smelled on his breath, the arresting officer wrote in the report. A preliminary breath test showed the presence of alcohol above per se 0.127. Officers say Ballard refused a blood alcohol test and failed or refused field sobriety tests.

Officers obtained a search warrant for two blood draws, during which police say Ballard fought and threatened to kill officers, prompting officers to place him in a restraint chair for the blood samples.

In addition to murder, Ballard is also charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and no insurance or license in possession.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating.

A not guilty plea was entered for Ballard in court Monday morning. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17.

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