MPD 1 13MADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/13/18) — Two individuals were charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene of accidents involving two unrelated investigations this week.

Madisonville Police Department reported receving a call about a driver in a Chevy Venture hitting a large bush, causing damage and then seen leaving the area of Buckner Ridge and Country Club Lane before noon Thursday.

Sgt. Van Killough zeroed in on the described vehicle and hit the blue lights and sirens, but the driver, identified as Rodney J. Carter of Madisonville, kept going, according to the report. Carter eventually pulled over in Earlington, telling the officer “several times that he was drunk.”

After a search, police noted finding a half-full Heaven Hill bottle of vodka near the driver’s seat and two large, homemade knives under the console. He was also wanted on an EPO violation said to have occurred earlier in the day for allegedly being at his estranged wife’s residence, and then following her to where she worked.

Carter, 50, was charged with DUI (aggravated), leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree fleeing or evading police, possession of an open alcohol beverage container in a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO. He was listed as being held in Hopkins County Jail this evening on a $1,000 cash bond.

In a separate arrest report, MPD responded to a call along Grapevine Road in reference to a collision that occurred at 6:47 p.m. Thursday. The officer spoke to two witnesses that stated a Nissan Maxima driven by a woman identified as Paula R. Perdue of Madisonville, struck a red Jeep and then left the scene. One of the witnesses provided the officer with a license plate number. There were no reported injuries.

MPD 1 13 2Police revealed finding Perdue at a nearby residence, noticing damage on the driver’s side fender that was consistent with the original complaint. Perdue, who police said had alcohol on her breath, claimed she was the one struck by another vehicle.

“Based on the damage, I was able to determine that was not the case,” Officer Tyler Russell wrote on the report. The officer also indicated Perdue failed a field sobriety test, and the breathalyzer test numbers were still climbing after a .246 reading.

Perdue, 55, was charged with DUI (aggravated) and leaving the scene of an accident-failure to render aid or assistance. She was released from the county jail Friday on a $500 surety bond.

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