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KSP Arrests South Carolina Man after Hit and Run Leads to Charges in Lyon, Livingston, and McCracken Counties

Date of News Release: 02/27/2016

(Mayfield, KY.) - On February 26, 2016 around 4:45 P.M., Kentucky State Police, Post 1 received a call of a reckless driver on I-24 west in Lyon County. Preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a black 2008 Ford Explorer, Franklin R. Vicars, Jr., 57, of Whitmire, South Carolina, was driving west bound when, for an unknown reason, he slammed on his brakes causing a 2009 silver Dodge Caravan to collide with the rear of his Ford Explorer. Vicars then fled the scene of the collision and continued west. Vicars was then involved in an altercation at the Minute Mart Gas station located at exit 31 off I-24 in Livingston County before fleeing from there as well. Troopers and an Officer with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Kentucky State Police made contact with Vicars near the Marshall County and McCracken County line on I-24 west. Troopers observed Vicars perform multiple traffic violations. When units attempted to stop Vicars he refused to yield and units performed a rolling road block to force him to a stop. Vicars was arrested and faces charges in Lyon County, Livingston County, and McCracken County.

In Lyon County Vicars was charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Class D Felony) and Leaving the Scene of Accident/Failure to Render Aid (Class A Misdemeanor).

In Livingston County Vicars is charged with Assault 2nd degree (Class C Felony).

In McCracken County Vicars is charged with DUI - 1st offense (Class B Misdemeanor), Driving on DUI Suspended License - 1st offense (Class B Misdemeanor), Failure to Give Right of Way to Emergency Vehicle (Class B Misdemeanor), Failure to Surrender Revoked Operators License (Class B Misdemeanor), Reckless Driving (Violation), Failure to wear seat belt (Violation), Failure to or Improper Signal (Violation), Failure to Produce Insurance Card (Violation), and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle Prohibited (Violation).

Vicars was lodged in the McCracken County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing by Tpr. Eric West.

Kentucky State Police Troopers were assisted on scene by KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office.