Cadiz Police Officer Roger Knight and Sheriff Randy Clark were involved in a pursuit of two Cadiz men that began in Hopkinsville, according to a report from the Kentucky State Police.
Roberto Puma, 30, of Cadiz was allegedly driving his vehicle in Hopkinsville when the pursuit began. He was travelling with William Masselli, 27, also of Cadiz.
According to the report, the Hopkinsville Police Department began the pursuit in Hopkinsville before pursuing Puma into Trigg County.
The chase allegedly continued at 73 m.p.h. into Cadiz, where Knight deployed stop sticks to peacefully end the pursuit. Puma allegedly struck the stop sticks and also allegedly attempted to swerve and hit Knight with the vehicle.
Puma then allegedly continued down the U.S. 68 Bypass and intentionally struck the rear of the police cruiser belonging to Clark causing major damage.
The chase was ended at Howard Anderson bridge and Puma was then taken into custody and charged with several offenses. They included wanton endangerment, DUI, operating on a suspended license, no seat belt, speeding, fleeing and evading and criminal mischief.
Masselli, the passenger in Puma’s vehicle, was also taken into custody and charged with alcohol intoxication.
Clark and Knight were not injured in the incident. Detective Michelle Kent is continuing the investigation. Additional charges are pending against Puma, according to the report.