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Nicholasville police ask public to help ID man who hit deputy

Police said these two men were seen in a truck two days before it hit a sheriff's deputy.
Police said these two men were seen in a truck two days before it hit a sheriff's deputy.

Nicholasville police are seeking the public's help identifying a man who allegedly hit an off-duty sheriff's deputy with a stolen truck earlier this month.

The deputy, who was not identified, was "shaken up" but not injured, Nicholasville police spokesman officer Kevin Grimes said.

On Dec. 9, the off-duty deputy's car was rear-ended on U.S. 27 near Brannon Crossing, according to a news release from the Nicholasville police. He got out of his car and went to check on the people in the truck that hit him.

When he identified himself as an officer, the driver of the truck "stepped on the gas in an attempt to flee the scene," hitting the officer and knocking him out of the way, the release said.

Later that day, the truck was found on Southpoint Drive just across the Fayette County line. Police determined that the truck had been reported stolen in Jessamine County.

On Tuesday, police released photos of two men who were seen in the stolen truck two days before the crash.

The photos came from surveillance video taken at a Speedway gas station in Frankfort. One of the men, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black winter hat, was witnessed getting into the passenger side of the truck at the gas station. The deputy identified the other man, wearing a University of Kentucky jacket and a white-and-blue baseball cap, as the driver who hit him Dec. 9.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nicholasville police at (859) 885-9467.

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