An Elizabethtown police officer was injured and transported Sunday to Hardin Memorial Hospital after falling off a retaining wall while chasing a suspect.
Around 3 p.m. Sunday, officers were checking on a suspicious vehicle at 2101 North Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown after an alarm at WesBanco branch in the shopping center there.
According to an arrest citation, when the driver, 20 year-old Nathan Parnell of Elizabethtown saw a police car behind him, he pulled into a parking space at the vapor shop and got out of the vehicle.
Johnny Angel Parnell, 21, wife of Nathan, was identified as the front passenger of the vehicle. The citation said there were three children in the back seat, ranging from seven months to 3-years-old.
The report said the vehicle smelled of marijuana and consent was given by the driver to search the vehicle. In the center console, police found a small plastic bag with white powder residue, believed to be methamphetamine and a cigarette pack with marijuana.
Nathan Parnell then took off, running north behind the businesses and jumped over a fence with bushes. Police pursued him on foot. He continued to run across North Dixie Avenue during heavy traffic and caused vehicles to slam on their brakes to avoid striking him.
He ran to a dead end corner of the south side of Mouser Cabinetry, climbed the roof and jumped off the north end of the building, destroying the gutters.
A resident observing the incident was able to detain Parnell on the ground until police could take him into custody.
As a result of the chase, Denham said Officer Ryan Slaubaugh obtained an injury to his head and neck plus abrasions. Denham said Slaubaugh, who was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital, has been treated and released.
Denham said Nathan Parnell was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital at his request with no specific complaint or injury.
Upon further inspection of the vehicle, police found a marijuana grinder under the passenger’s seat, a container with methamphetamine and a marijuana pipe on the back of the passenger’s seat, which police said was within reach of the children, three logs modified to be clubs in the backseat with the children and a loaded .22 caliber pistol in the trunk, the report said.
Nathan Parnell was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment; first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer; third-degree assault of a police officer; possession of handgun by convicted felon; first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot; first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; carrying a concealed weapon; second-degree criminal mischief; and third-degree criminal trespassing.
Johnny Parnell was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment; first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine); possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. The children were taken into protective custody.