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Louisville man accused of hitting pedestrian, then driving away

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Anthony Rodgers (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Anthony Rodgers (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lexington police have arrested a Louisville driver two days after he allegedly smashed into a pedestrian and drove away.

The alleged incident began when witnesses saw a burglary taking place on Gerald Court, near the intersection of Bardstown Road and Hikes Lane, on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Police say the witnesses followed a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Anthony Rodgers from the scene, and some time later, Rodgers allegedly drove around a corner so fast that he spun out of control. A man who was in a grassy area was struck by the right headlight of Rodgers' vehicle, and thrown into the windshield so violently that the glass cracked.

Police say the man's blood was visible on the shattered glass, and his wallet was lodged in the windshield.

Rodgers' vehicle then slid in the grass, and the man fell off the vehicle into a yard.

Police say that at some point, Rodgers also clipped a moped driven by an adult with a child passenger. Neither were hurt, but the moped was damaged.

Eventually, police say Rodgers drove through two fences, got back on the road and fled the scene, leaving the pedestrian who was struck with two broken legs, a broken arm, a dislocated elbow, multiple fractured ribs and cuts to the face, arms and other parts of the body.

Police say the man will require surgery and follow-up medical treatment as a result of his injuries.

Rodger's vehicle was found abandoned a short time later. Police say property stolen from the burglary on Gerald Court was found in the vehicle.

Rodgers was arrested by Lexington police Thursday afternoon. He is charged with first degree assault, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid, failure to maintain required auto insurance, receipt of stolen property and criminal mischief.

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