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Officer suffers minor injury capturing suspect in false-report case

A Lexington police officer suffered a minor elbow injury Sunday night as he helped arrest a man who had called police, claiming to be a robbery victim.

John Hamilton, 27, of Bardstown called police at 9:17 p.m., saying he had been robbed outside a car wash at Richmond and Old Todds roads. When officers arrived, they reviewed video surveillance recordings of the area and found no evidence that Hamilton had been robbed.

Police talked to Hamilton and after receiving permission to search his car, they found a gun. Hamilton ran to a nearby Arby's restaurant parking lot, Lexington police Lt. Eddie Hart said.

Police caught up with Hamilton and used a stun gun on him, just as he was about to toss what appeared to be pain pills. Hamilton fell to the ground when he was stunned, and the pills scattered in the Arby's parking lot, Hart said.

He said police think Hamilton had been involved in a drug deal that didn't go the way he wanted.

Hamilton suffered cuts when he fell and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Officer Richard Rader skinned his elbow and was patched up with a bandage, Hart said.

Hamilton was charged with falsely reporting an incident, first-degree fleeing and evading police, trafficking in a controlled substance with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and third-degree criminal mischief for damage to the officer's uniform, Hart said.

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