On Friday, March 20, 2015 at approx. 11:39 pm the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green received a call of a non-injury collision on KY 185 in Edmonson County near the Butler County line.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Willie Durbin (43) of Bowling Green was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier heading southbound on KY 185 when he crossed over the center line and side-swiped a 2001 Ford Crown Vic of the Edmonson County Sheriff Department being operated by Deputy Walter Ritter, who was traveling northbound. Deputy Ritter initiated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop Mr. Durbin, who failed to yield. Durbin continued south for a short distance, where he did a u-turn and continued for a short distance further before stopping for Deputy Ritter. The Kentucky State Police was notified and requested to work the collision.
Deputy Ritter said when Durbin finally stopped, he asked Durbin if everything was ok. According to Deputy Ritter, Durbin replied, "I need some help, I think I just hit somebody." Deputy Ritter then informed Mr. Durbin that he was the one that had been hit.
There was only minor damage to the county police cruiser and there were no reported injuries.
Durbin was arrested and lodged in the Butler County Jail. He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Offense, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Careless Driving, One Headlight, Failure to Render Aid, and Failure to Notify Address Change to DOT.
The investigation is still ongoing and being led by Trooper Michael Wathen.
Edmonson Voice Staff