Georgetown man pleads not guilty to charges he hit Lexington police officer, horse

William D. Grimes
William D. Grimes

A Georgetown man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he struck a Lexington police horse, injuring the animal and the officer riding it.

William D. Grimes, 45, was charged Sunday with leaving the scene of Thursday night's accident in downtown Lexington, third-degree assault on a police officer, and tampering with evidence.

Grimes was distracted, according to court documents, which said he was entering information into the GPS on his phone. He failed to help the officer and horse, documents said.

Grimes drove home and cleaned up evidence of the collision before taking the vehicle out of state, according to court documents.

At 10:36 p.m. Thursday, police were called to West Main and Felix streets, near the Lexington Convention Center's Heritage Hall, where officer Raymond Alexander's horse, Paco, was struck. The accident caused Paco to rear and run, dumping Alexander onto the street. Both rider and horse suffered minor injuries.

Court records said Grimes was driving west on Main Street when the accident occurred. Alexander and an officer riding with him were wearing yellow reflective traffic vests with "Lexington Police" in large letters on the back, the documents said.

Grimes was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center on $1,000 full cash bond Monday night.

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