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April 16, 2010

Police chase alleged drunk, kids left in car

April 16, 2010 —     Law enforcement agencies teamed up with civilians to stop a man from allegedly driving drunk with two small kids in the car, according to police.

    The Morehead Police Department received a call last Saturday night that a man was drunk, fighting off-duty Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Caudill at the KY 519 Texaco parking lot.

    Caudill noticed the man was intoxicated inside the Texaco and had two small children with him.

    Caudill attempted to stop William Goodwin, 23, of Denniston, from getting back in the car but when he identified himself as a police officer, the man began to fight Caudill, getting in his car and trying to hit Caudill with it, according to police.     Caudill then opened the door of the vehicle and began to wrestle with Goodwin to take control of the vehicle. After the vehicle was put in park Goodwin exited the vehicle through the passenger door and fled on foot leaving 16-month-old and four-month-old children in the back seat. 

    Goodwin is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence third offense (aggravated circumstances), three counts wanton endangerment first-degree of a police officer, criminal mischief first degree, fleeing or evading police on foot, two counts endangering the welfare of a minor, assault third-degree of a police officer and resisting arrest.   

    MPD officer Derek Howard was first on the scene to assist Caudill. Howard drove his car around to the back of the building and then joined in the foot pursuit.

    The officers caught Goodwin and subdued him with the assistance of civilians.     Several other officers from the MPD and sheriff’s office assisted in the chase.

    Goodwin was arrested by KSP Trooper David Zimmerman and lodged in the Rowan County Detention Center.

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