A Burnside man was taken into custody Monday afternoon in connection with a hit-and-run accident on U.S. 27.

According to Somerset Police Lt. Allan Coomer, Burnside resident Leoncio Flores, 41, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, DUI (fourth offense), no insurance and no operator’s license.

Coomer said Somerset Police responded to an injury accident at traffic light No. 14 on U.S. 27 at about 2:15 p.m. on Monday. Officers learned that a white pickup truck hit the rear of a 2000 Ford Focus which was driven by Jacqueline Thacker, 32, of Somerset. After the collision, the driver of the white pickup drove away from the scene.

Thacker told officers she was at a complete stop when her vehicle was struck. Thacker was treated at the scene by the Somerset Fire/EMS Department and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to Coomer.

Coomer said witnesses to the accident phoned 911 dispatchers with descriptions of the vehicle that struck Thacker.

Acting on tips from callers, Somerset Police located a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup behind the Best Western Motel near the accident scene. Coomer said Flores was found sitting on the passenger’s side.

Witnesses told officers a Hispanic male was in the truck at the time of the accident. Coomer said Flores was “unstable on his feet and had the odor of an alcoholic beverage about him.”

Flores failed a subsequent field sobriety test. He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

“The Somerset Police Department credits the help of caring citizens in the rapid apprehension of this suspect,” Coomer said.

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