FRANKFORT — A Franklin County man was charged with criminal attempt to commit the murder of a police officer after driving a vehicle head-on early Monday into a deputy sheriff's cruiser.
Richard Lee Lancaster, 22, was also charged with fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, menacing, criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Monday, deputies and state troopers were dispatched to 96 Appomattox Drive, where it was reported that a man had pulled a knife. Later, it was reported that a suspect had taken a family vehicle and was driving around the neighborhood.
As a deputy turned on the street where the suspect was heading, the van that the suspect was driving struck the deputy's cruiser head-on, the release said.
The driver fled on foot as the van caught fire. A neighbor who heard the commotion grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire. The deputy was trapped at first and had to kick the cruiser's door open.
Lancaster, meanwhile, had fled back to the Appomattox address, where he was taken into custody.
Lancaster remained in Franklin County Regional Jail Monday in lieu of $10,000 full cash bond on the fleeing or evading charge, plus a number of other bonds on the other charges.