Car hits Lexington police horse; horse and rider suffer minor injuries

gkocher1@herald-leader.comSeptember 19, 2013 

Lexington police investigated at West Main and Felix streets where a car struck a mounted police officer's horse, causing the officer to fall to the street. Officer Raymond Alexander and his horse received minor injuries.

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A car struck a Lexington mounted patrol officer's horse downtown on Thursday night, causing the animal to rear and dump the officer onto the street.

Officer Raymond Alexander and the horse suffered minor injuries, and police were looking for the driver, who did not stop, Lt. David Biroschik said.

Alexander was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain.

"When I got here, he was walking around," Biroschik said.

At 10:36 p.m., police were called to West Main Street and Felix streets, near the Lexington Convention Center's Heritage Hall.

James Gaunce, a patron at Pauley's Toasted Barrel, said he saw "the horse rear and the officer fall off." He said the car looked like a Chevrolet Cavalier, and that it continued on and turned left onto Jefferson Street.

Another mounted officer and horse were with Alexander and his horse, but they weren't injured, Biroschik said. He said the car "swerved" before striking Alexander's horse.

Alexander's horse had some cuts and bruises on the legs but wasn't seriously hurt.

Lexington police were looking for the car in town, and word went to surrounding counties.

West Main Street was blocked to traffic from Broadway to Jefferson Street as an accident reconstruction team worked at the scene and recovered evidence that might have come from the car. Even a pair of bicyclists were asked not to ride through the scene.

Biroschik said he could not recall a similar accident in Lexington in his 17 years with the force.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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