Truck driver saves jailer from prisoner on Blue Grass Parkway

NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - On Wednesday afternoon, Spencer County Jailer Darrell Herndon, was attacked in his car by a prisoner while driving on the Blue Grass Parkway.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office says the juvenile inmate slipped out of his restraints and somehow managed to get through the safety screen that was between himself and Herndon. Once he got past the safety screen he began choking the jailer from behind. Herndon was able to pull his cruiser over on the side of the roadway near mile marker 15, in order to protect himself.

A truck driver for Apollo Oil of Winchester, Clinton Blackburn, was driving in the opposite direction and stopped his truck and helped Herndon.

Deputies say as Blackburn approached the drivers side of the police cruiser, the jailer was able to exit the car and was released from being choked. As Herndon exited the car, the prisoner took his gun and disarmed him.

Deputies say the prisoner pointed the gun at both Herndon and Blackburn, and threatened to kill them. However, the prisoner was not familiar with Herndon's firearm and was unable to fire it after he tried several times.

Investigators say Blackburn was then able to take the gun from the prisoner after a brief struggle and gave the gun back to Herndon, who had regained his composure. Blackburn caught the prisoner just as Nelson County police arrived to the scene.

Additional criminal charges are pending on the prisoner who attacked Herndon.


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