Posted: Apr 30, 2010 4:05 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2010 4:05 PM
The Lexington police officer hit by an SUV Thursday night has died.
An SUV struck Bryan J. Durman, 27, shortly after 10 p.m. at the intersection of Alabama and North Limestone in downtown Lexington and then took off.
Police located the man they say was driving the maroon Chevy Tahoe that hit Durman a short time later. Officers arrested Glen Doneghy, 33, early Friday morning, after a standoff at an apartment building along Northland Avenue.
Police say Durman was called out to North Limestone to investigate a vehicle playing loud music. He was out of his cruiser when he was hit by the SUV driven in the left hand lane by Doneghy. The Tahoe struck the officer and two cars, slowed and then sped off.
Officers blocked off several intersections in order to clear a route as an ambulance rushed the injured officer to UK Hospital. Police cruisers filled the hospital parking lot, and Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry was there as well.
Officials pronounced Durman dead at 10:46 p.m.
Police say that around 11:45 p.m., officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the SUV that hit Durman parked behind an apartment building at 309 Northland Drive. After further investigation, policed obtained a search warrant for the suspect's apartment. Around 12:30 a.m., the police Emergency Response Unit entered the building and arrested Doneghy.
Doneghy faces a laundry list of charges, including first degree murder, assault charges related to his arrest, and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police say they believe Doneghy was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
According to the jail Website, Doneghy has a long criminal history dating back to 1995.
Durman joined the Lexington Police Department in December 2007. He was a Spanish speaking officer.
"Everyone who knew him says he was eager, actively involved and enthusiastic about law enforcement," Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said. "He's described as always being helpful."