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Gravel Switch man arrested after being struck by vehicle

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By Calen McKinney

A Gravel Switch man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after he was struck by a vehicle while walking in the road when intoxicated.

Campbellsville Police Officer Jacob Hedgespeth was called on Saturday, June 7, at about 11:30 p.m. to help Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Robert VanCleave investigate an incident near the Taylor County Fairgrounds on U.S. 68.

Hedgespeth wrote in court records that when he arrived at the scene, he made contact with three people standing behind a vehicle. One of the three was Randy G. Whitis, 21, of 1470 Logan Road, who Hedgespeth wrote appeared unsteady on his feet and spoke with slurred speech.

Hedgespeth ordered Whitis to sit on his patrol car while he investigated the incident.

The operator of the vehicle told Hedgespeth, according to court records, that Whitis was walking in the westbound land on U.S. 68 and he had to swerve to avoid striking him. However, the driver told Hedgespeth, he wasn't able to avoid hitting Whitis.

Whitis took a field sobriety test and, according to court records, had a blood alcohol level of .215, higher than the legal limit of .08.

Hedgespeth asked Whitis several times if he needed medical attention, to which he refused.

Whities was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, his third or subsequent offense, first-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree wanton endangerment.

Once at the Taylor County Detention Center, Hedgespeth wrote, Whitis said he needed medical attention. After being transported to Taylor Regional Hospital, court records state, Hedgespeth used profane language repeatedly after being told to not do so.

Bond was set at $1,000, unsecured. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Taylor District Court on Monday, June 23.