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Cab driver helps police catch suspected drunk driver

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A cab driver helped stop a driver suspected of drunk driving after several crashes Friday night in McCracken County.

Randall Huggins, 44, of Hickory, Ky, a cab driver for Chiz Cabs, was driving on Highland Blvd. toward Lone Oak with five passengers Friday around 8:20 p.m. when he saw a 2003 Dodge Stratus driving erratically, according to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.

Huggins noticed the vehicle in front of him was crossing the center line and at one point had ran off the road into a field near St. Mary Church. 

Huggins called 911 when the driving worsened and continued to stay behind it while it turned onto Lone Oak Rd. 

Huggins told deputies the vehicle had numerous near collisions with several vehicles. 

The car continued southbound on Lone Oak Road and side swiped a 2008 Ford with two people from Paducah inside, according to the sheriff's department. The car continued and failed to stop and help those in the other car.

An off-duty deputy was almost struck by the car when it crossed over into his lane of traffic near Banks Market. The deputy turned around to help stop the car.

Huggins told deputies that the car ran through the red light at the intersection of S. Friendship and Lone Oak Road, made a U-turn in the Hardees parking lot, then returned into the intersection. When the car re-entered the intersection it collided with 2004 Chevrolet Silverado truck occupied by two teens from Marion, Ill. Another collision occurred when the truck collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt passenger car. The passenger car had a Mayfield woman and two small children.

After that crash, the car stopped in the middle of the intersection. Huggins parked his cab behind the the car to keep the driver from leaving. The driver attempted to again leave the scene by reversing and collided with Huggin's cab, according to the sheriff's department.

At this point, the off-duty deputy had arrived on scene and was able to detain the driver.

James Rutherford, 59, of Paducah faces 15 counts of wanton endangerment 1st, a Class D felony, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, aggravated circumstances, a Class B misdemeanor, failure of owner to maintain insurance, a Class B misdemeanor, open container violation, leaving the scene of an accident, Class A misdemeanor.

Michael Phillips, 41, also of Paducah faces a charge of alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st, a violation. Phillips was a passenger in Rutherford's car.

No one was injured from any of the crashes.


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