News and Tribune

January 8, 2014

Teens could face attempted murder charges in collision that injured Clarksville officer

Teens were allegedly drunk at the time of the accident; flee scene

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — Two New Albany teens have been preliminary charged with attempted murder following a head-on collision Wednesday morning with a Clarksville police cruiser that injured an officer.

After being pulled from the wreckage, CPD Officer Jason Tackett was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for a possible concussion and multiple abrasions, said Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer.

Cody Cashion, 18, and the 16-year-old boy have each been preliminarily charged with class A felony attempted murder; operating while intoxicated — endangering a person, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, and battery to law enforcement, all class D felonies; and resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.

Palmer said the collision occurred along Greentree Boulevard about 4:50 a.m. He said another CPD officer had attempted to make a stop on a GMC Yukon occupied by the two teens. The teens did not stop the vehicle, but instead entered a turning lane of a median and stuck a marked patrol car driven by Tackett.

Palmer said Tackett was turning his vehicle around at the time to assist in the attempted traffic stop. He said both of the patrol vehicles had activated their emergency lights before the collision with the Yukon.

Palmer said the Yukon rolled onto its side and that Tackett’s vehicle spun around from the collision. Both teens crawled from the Yukon and attempted to flee on foot, Palmer said, adding the two were chased down and detained approximately 50 yards from the crash site.

Palmer said Tackett remained in hospital care at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, but his condition was considered “good.”

Both teens have denied driving the Yukon during the incident, Palmer said, but the investigation remains open. He said attempts will be made to lift fingerprints from the Yukon’s steering wheel to determine who was behind the wheel.

Palmer said the preliminary intoxication charges stem from officers detecting the odor of alcohol on the teens at the time of their arrests, but the blood analysis from the hospital has not been obtained by police.

No information of Cashion’s upcoming court appearance has appeared on Clark County’s online court records as of press time.