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LMPD: man riding moped on Big Four Bridge accused of assaulting officer

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Matthew Markley (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Matthew Markley (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say an Alabama man was arrested after he illegally drove a motorized vehicle from Jeffersonville to Louisville on the Big Four Bridge, then assaulted an officer who tried to stop him.

According to the arrest report, it happened July 12, around 10 p.m. When an LMPD officer responded to a trouble run on the bridge at that time, he allegedly saw the "single headlight of a small motorized vehicle heading towards Louisville."

Police say the scooter's driver -- identified as 40-year-old Matthew Markley from Florence, Alabama -- apparently ignored a large sign at the entrance ramp to the bridge stating "No scooters/mopeds."

According to the arrest report, as Markley approached the Louisville end of the bridge, the officer raised his left arm to stop him, shouting "Stop, police!" several times, but Markley "drove through (the) officer's arm and then directly into (the) officer."

That officer suffered minor injuries to his hand, and police say Markley "placed a large number of people on the bridge in immediate danger by riding his moped on the bridge."

Police say Markley -- who smelled strongly of alcohol -- continued to struggle as the officer attempted to take him into custody.

Markley allegedly admitted to drinking several shots of whiskey before driving across the bridge.

He's now facing several charges, including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, menacing, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

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