Jessamine County

Man arrested, accused of hitting off-duty Jessamine deputy with stolen truck

A man who police say hit an off-duty Jessamine County sheriff's deputy with a stolen truck near Brannon Crossing on Dec. 9 was arrested in Monticello on Saturday morning.

Officers from the Monticello Police Department stopped James R. Pemberton III, 32, of Nicholasville because he was "acting suspicious," then arrested him when they discovered outstanding warrants for his arrest, according to a news release from the Nicholasville Police Department.

Pemberton is accused of rear-ending the off-duty deputy's car on U.S. 27.

Police said the deputy, who was not identified, got out of his car and went to check on the people in the truck that hit him.

When he identified himself as a deputy, police said, the truck's driver hit the gas, knocking the deputy out of the way in an attempt to get away.

The deputy was not injured.

The truck, which had been reported stolen in Jessamine County, was found on Southpoint Drive just across the Fayette County line later the same day. On Tuesday, police released photos of two men who were seen in the truck two days before the crash.

That generated leads that ultimately led police to issue warrants for Pemberton's arrest on Friday, according to the news release.

Pemberton is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment involving a police officer, receiving stolen property (auto) and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was taken to the Jessamine County Detention Center.