NKY deputy continues recovery after being hit by stolen SUV

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 12:12 PM EDT
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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WXIX) - A Boone County Sheriff’s deputy says he is lucky to be alive after he was hit stolen SUV.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says Lt. Chris Hall was in the process of putting down stop sticks across the road at the US-42/I-75 overpass on Oct. 15 when the SUV drove straight at him.

“I know I’m battered, bruised, and banged pretty good. It should be a lot worse, if not dead,” Lt. Hall said.

He says he had little time to react.

“I probably can’t say it on camera. It happened so fast. I think I had enough to go, ‘Oh. . .,’ and I was hit,” Lt. Hall recalls.

From the lieutenant’s body camera, the sound of tires screeching can be heard just seconds before the impact.

911 Audio: “10-4, you advise a county vehicle got struck? 911 go ahead. ‘We have a deputy down who got stuck by a vehicle.’”

“I remember screaming, ‘Somebody, go get my phone out of my car.’ I needed to call my wife,” Lt. Hall explained.

Hall has three children, ages 20, 17, and 14, and he wanted his wife to hear directly from him.

“I know she’s going to be freaked out,” he said. “She needed to hear me. She needed to hear my voice. I didn’t need somebody ringing the doorbell at 2 a.m.”

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says stop sticks are no longer an option for its deputies following the injury to Lt. Hall.

“The safety of the community far outweighs the use of the stop sticks and that’s why the sheriff made his decision,” Boone County Lt. Philip Ridgell said.

The four juveniles who were in the SUV are at the Campbell County Detention Center facing charges of attempted murder and receiving stolen property.

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