Mercer deputy credited with saving woman, infant

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Mercer County Sheriff’s deputy is credited with saving a woman and her infant child Monday afternoon by stopping her runaway car.

A Harrodsburg woman was driving on Highway 127 coming into north end of Harrodsburg at about 1:30 Monday afternoon when the cruise control on her 2019 Chevrolet Impala malfunctioned and locked up, sending her car speeding down the highway.

She called 911 panicked for help. Deputy Wes Gaddis was nearby and caught up to the car, passing it and pulling in front at more than 70 miles per hour, according to other deputies who wanted to make sure Gaddis got credit for his quick actions.

Using a police maneuver designed to stop cars, he allowed the Impala to bump into the rear of his patrol car and then began to slow down, forcing the runaway car to slow down and eventually stop as well.

The patrol car suffered minimal damage and mom and infant are safe, deputies said.

Gaddis is no stranger to heroics. According to a report in the Harrodsburg Herald, he was honored by the Harrodsburg Rotary Club last fall for his actions during a large field fire Oct. 3 on Chinn Lane. That fire closed Highway 68 for three hours.

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