Dep. Ronald Hellard was traveling westbound in his Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office issued patrol vehicle on W. Hwy 80 near the intersection of Hwy 1248 when a 2005 Ford, being operated by Emily Edwards, 48 years of age, of Somerset, pulled out of a driveway, traveling eastbound on W. Hwy 80. The Edwards vehicle crossed into the westbound lane as Dep. Hellard approached.
Dep. Hellard, in an attempt to avoid a collision with Edwards, maneuvered his vehicle into the westbound ditch. Dep. Hellard’s vehicle continued in the ditch line until it struck a culvert, causing Dep. Hellard’s vehicle to overturn and come to rest on the roadway on its wheels.
Dep. Hellard was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital by units with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for treatment of minor injuries. He was released later in the day.
Edwards was determined to have not been injured in the accident. As the Somerset Police Department investigated the accident, it was determined that Edwards was under the influence of
an intoxicating substance. Edwards was arrested from the scene and charged with Operating
Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 1 st Degree, Wanton Endangerment
1 st Degree (Police Officer), Criminal Mischief 1 st Degree, No Registration Plates, and Failure of
Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance/Securities 1 st Offense. Edwards was also
served a warrant for Non-Payment of Court Costs. Edwards was lodged in the Pulaski County
Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were assisted at the scene by the
Somerset Fire Department and the Somerset/Pulaski County Emergency Medical Service. Sheriff
Bobby Jones thanks all first responders for their rapid response in assisting Dep. Hellard in this