Newly elected Bardstown mayor helps police tackle suspect
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Mayor of Bardstown proved serving your city is a round-the-clock job when he helped police tackle a suspect.
It all started Wednesday afternoon inside a drug store and ended with a man running from police. The mayor says he just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
"This is my second week," said Bardstown Mayor John Royalty -- he took office on Jan. 1 -- "I never expected this at all."
Little did he know that his two decades of law enforcement experience would come in handy as mayor.
"Your sixth instinct kicks in and says something's wrong, and this guy has this look of fight or flight," said Royalty.
Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon Bardstown Police were called to Hurst Drug Store on North Third Street where two people inside were acting suspicious.
During questioning police say Christopher Little, 26, took off.
“No matter how many years you've been out,” said Royalty. “It's still ingrained in you. It's that switch that turns on and you can't stop it. It just automatically happens and that's what I did -- you always help the police, always."
The mayor saw what was happening so he parked his car, watched Little run around a tavern and then helped police tackle him in the alley.
"He started with the takedown and was on the ground and then the suspect was actually really physically resisting and we got one handcuff on and we were battling with the other arm," said Royalty.
Video of the subsequent arrest was sent in to WDRB News from PLG-TV 13.
“He was a big guy very strong,” said Royalty.
Officers say it's nice knowing the mayor has their back.
“Until you've actually done it and rode around, been involved with police work and know how quickly it can escalate how quickly it can turn deadly, it's comforting to know he understands that and realizes that," said Bardstown Police Captain Tom Roby.
The mayor jokes that it brings a whole new meaning to running errands.
“Paid a few bills and had to give a guy some change (laughter)," said Royalty.
Police say Little is facing several charges including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
He's currently in the hospital on an unrelated medical condition.
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