Woodford County

Versailles police officer credited with driver's rescue after BMW lands upside down in creek

Thanks to a Versailles police officer, a motorist was rescued early Thursday morning after his BMW ran off Old Frankfort Pike and landed upside down in South Elkhorn Creek.

Officer Scot Cottingham, who was on patrol, called for help after witnessing the crash shortly after midnight. The driver was left dangling from his seat belt with his face barely above water. Cottingham waded into the creek to reassure the driver until firefighters arrived to get him out of the car.

"It's fortunate that where he was pinned, his head was above water," Cottingham said. "Obviously, he was scared, and what I did was mainly talk to him and assure him that we were there to help and that he would be taken care of.

"It was lucky that someone witnessed the wreck, because that location is not very well traveled at night, and he could have been there a long time," Cottingham said.

The motorist, whose name was not released, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with cuts on his face and complaining of pain in his legs. The man should recover, Cottingham said.

The crash happened about 12:40 a.m. Thursday at a bridge over South Elkhorn Creek, near Rachel's Kitchen on Old Frankfort Pike.

Cottingham said he was looking for another crash site in an unrelated case when he saw the BMW "come around the corner at a pretty high rate of speed," hit the end of the bridge, plunge over an embankment and land in the water.