The preliminary investigation into a fatal wreck involving a Lexington police cruiser shows that the on-duty officer was not responding to an emergency call when the crash occurred, a department spokeswoman said Monday.
In addition, spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts could not say how long the investigation will take because blood tests of both drivers are pending.
"Sometimes they can take several months," Roberts said. "When we have to send blood work and other samples away to the lab, that can take weeks to months. It just depends on the lab speed."
Meanwhile, officer Anthony J. Guidugli will return to work once he has taken a couple of days off to recover from a minor ankle injury suffered in the crash, Roberts said. Guidugli, 28, who has been with the department since July 2007, was treated at Central Baptist Hospital for the injury.
Guidugli was heading north in the left lane of Harrodsburg Road about 5 a.m. Sunday when a 1999 Toyota Corolla entered the intersection at Bob-o-Link Drive, police said in a news release.
Guidugli swerved left but his patrol car struck the Toyota in the driver-side door.
The Toyota's driver, Travis Sutherland, 21, of Versailles, was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner's office. Sutherland died of blunt-force trauma to the chest and abdomen.
Sutherland was wearing a seat belt, but Guidugli was not.
Police said Guidugli was traveling 40 to 45 mph at the time of the crash. The posted speed limit on that stretch of road is 40 mph.
Police have said neither speed nor alcohol were suspected factors in the crash.
Roberts did not know whether video cameras from businesses in the area were able to capture images of the crash.
"I don't know, and normally we don't speak to any of it" until the investigation has been completed, Roberts said.
Sunday's crash was at least the third officer-involved wreck this year. A final investigative report might be released this week on a May 21 crash involving Lexington police officer Justin Rowland and newlyweds Joe and Amy Snider.
Asked whether the department can do anything more to prevent such crashes, Roberts said: "We have pretty extensive training when it comes to defensive-driving techniques. When you have a staff of 535 people, it's inevitable that sometime throughout the course of the year, there's going to be a collision."
However, Roberts said, the number of officer-involved crashes for the Lexington police are "comparatively lower" than for departments in the surrounding region.
Whether Guidugli has been involved in any other driving incidents was not immediately available from the department.
Sutherland had been ticketed previously for speeding violations, including two in Fayette County in 2008 and one in Woodford County in 2011.
In January 2008, Sutherland was ticketed for driving 14 mph over the limit at Red Mile Road and Horseman's Lane. He paid $138.50 in fine and costs, according to court records.
In May 2008, he was again ticketed for speeding in Fayette County. He paid $158 in fine and costs, according to court records.
In June 2011, Sutherland was ticketed for speeding on McCowan's Ferry Road and Scott's Ferry Road in southern Woodford County. He paid $143 in fine and costs, according to court records. Court records did not say how much over the speed limit Sutherland was traveling in the May 2008 and June 2011 cases. In all three cases, Sutherland was driving a 1999 Toyota.
Funeral arrangements for Sutherland are pending at Clark Legacy Center in Frankfort.