A Knox County man was apprehended by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department canine unit last week and charged with numerous offenses.

Robert W. Jackson, 43, of Gray, Ky., was charged last Wednesday morning with alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, second-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree fleeing or evading police, and resisting arrest. Jackson was also charged on two Pulaski District Court warrants of arrest for third-degree criminal mischief (two counts), obtained by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Whitaker for damage Jackson allegedly inflicted on a Hacker Road residence and to a Saline Baptist Church van.

In addition, Jackson was charged on three Knox County warrants — two for failure to appear in court for traffic offenses and one obtained by the Office of Division of Unemployment Insurance for making false statements to obtain or increase benefits over $100.

The incident began at 3 a.m. last Wednesday when the sheriff’s office responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Hacker Road.

Deputies Jayson Flynn and Whitaker responded, and when they determined the suspect fled on foot, they removed the canine unit and began to track the suspect toward Ky. 80.

When the deputies reached Ky. 80, they observed Jackson near WTLO Road throwing a street sign at a passing motorist, striking the vehicle.

Whitaker and the canine unit followed Jackson to a point near Saline Baptist Church. Jackson was told to stop and show his hands, but refused. After several warnings, the canine unit was released and Jackson was apprehended.

A report from the sheriff’s office said Jackson did receive injuries during the incident. He was treated at the scene by the Somerset Fire/EMS Department and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Further investigation revealed that Jackson had broken out a window in the van owned by Saline Baptist Church.

Jackson was lodged at the Pulaski County Detention Center.

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