GLASGOW — A Glasgow police officer escaped serious injury this morning when his cruiser slid off an icy road and struck an embankment.
Officer Justin Kirkpatrick was on his way to the station at 5:50 a.m. to begin his shift when he lost control of his cruiser on a patch of black ice on Lexington Drive, according to a press release from GPD. He lost control of the vehicle, which struck an embankment and flipped onto its roof.
"Kirkpatrick was able to call dispatch to report the crash, but was trapped and unable to exit the cruiser," the release stated.
The Glasgow Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extract Kirkpatrick from the vehicle and he was transported to T.J. Samson Community Hospital by Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Medical Services. He was treated for minor injuries and released.
Kentucky State Police are investigating the crash, which is the procedure in an officer-involved crash, according to the release.
Glasgow police Chief Guy Turcotte said in the release he was thankful "Officer Kirkpatrick's injuries are minor and the accident wasn't worse." He added that he thanks those who stopped to offer assistance before the arrival of emergency responders.