Kentucky State trooper recovering after being struck by van Saturday night

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky State trooper is recovering at a western Kentucky hospital after being struck while attempting to stop a van late Saturday night.

Trooper Matt Wise and Trooper Jon Whittaker were standing in the median near the 70 mile-marker on Natcher Parkway in Daviess County trying to stop a van driven by Eric Johnson, 38, of Bowling Green. The van veered off the road and tried to go between the two troopers. The van hit Whittaker's cruiser before striking Wise.

Wise was taken to Owensboro Medical Health System for surgery. He spent several hours in intensive care, but was transferred to a regular room on Sunday afternoon.

Johnson faces several charges, including first-degree assault, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

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