Harrodsburg officer injured in chase

A Harrodsburg police officer was injured during a chase early Thursday.

Officer Brian Hislope's cruiser left a road and struck a fence shortly after 3 a.m. when his vision was obscured by thick smoke pouring from a pickup he was chasing, according to a police report.

Hislope had stopped a white 1996 Dodge pickup on Warwick Road, but as he approached the vehicle it sped away, almost striking him.

Hislope pursued the truck north on Warwick Road, but he crashed as the pickup crested a hill. The truck continued about a mile, then it struck two fences. The driver and a 17-year-old boy left the scene, leaving two women in the vehicle.

About 5 a.m., Michael Dakota Isham, 19, called the police department to report that he had been in an accident on Warwick Road. He was charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, fleeing and evading, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Hislope was treated for neck and back injuries at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg and was released.

The two women in the truck, Pascha Smith, 19, and Amanda Miller, 20, were taken to the hospital but refused treatment, police said.

Isham was being held in the Boyle County jail in neighboring Danville.