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Frankfort Police say little girl is fighting for her life after serious DUI crash involving suspect claiming to be the Devil

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Arnulfo Vargas (Source: Franklin County Detention Center) Arnulfo Vargas (Source: Franklin County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A little girl is fighting for her life after Frankfort Police say a Paris, Ky., man blew through a red light and crashed into another car carrying six people, including children.

According to an arrest report, the incident took place near the intersection of US 127 and Kings Daughters Drive just before 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Police say officers were called to the scene of a car crash.

"As I got out of the vehicle, I heard a female screaming," the officer wrote in the report. "I was directed to a small child that was not responsive, and her face was covered in blood."

Police say several witnesses were on the scene, and they saw a man driving westbound when he ran a red light and hit the other vehicle. That other vehicle, which was carrying six people, was thrown 100-200 feet on the road.

"An adult female asking for assistance, pleading for assistance, (said) there was a young girl 5-years-old that was not responsive at the time," said Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Abrams.

Officers eating at a nearby restaurant were the first to respond.

"One of the employees of the restaurant actually alerted the officers that they had been outside and heard the crash," Abrams said.

Officers said they first made sure that medics were tending to the injured children, then went to check on the driver who allegedly ran through the red light. That driver, according to the arrest report, was 23-year-old Arnulfo Vargas.

As the officer approached Vargas' car, they could smell alcohol, according to the arrest report. Vargas allegedly admitted that he had consumed a couple of beers. He was told to get out of the car and sit down.

But as the officers were conversing, Vargas allegedly jumped back into his car and drove off "at a high rate of speed," heading northbound in the southbound lane of U.S. 127.

"He nearly struck two firefighters that were at the intersection while fleeing from officers," police say. 

He then hit a road sign before the vehicle came to rest.

A bystander pulled him out of the car, but Vargas allegedly tried to run away, despite officers telling him to stop. Police say the bystander eventually pulled him to the ground, and officers were able to subdue him, despite his resistance. 

"Unfortunately in the chaos that unfolded, we didn't get his name. He was gone by the time we got everything under control," Abrams said.

Abrams now is hoping the public can help track down the Good Samaritan who stopped Vargas before he could hurt anyone else. Abrams wants to publicly thank him for his help.

On the way to the hospital, Vargas allegedly told an officer that we would be dead by tomorrow if he didn't stop the car and let him out.

Police say his threats continued while he was at the hospital, where he told officers, "that he is the devil and they would be dead by tomorrow."

"It would probably surprise you at the myriad of things police officers hear when they deal with people who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs," Abrams said.

A 5-year-old girl was flown to UK Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say as of Tuesday afternoon, she and a 3-year-old boy were both in stable condition.

Vargas was arrested and charged with first degree assault, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fleeing or evading police (in a motor vehicle), fleeing or evading police (on foot), wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, failure of a non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid and assistance in an accident involving death or serious physical injury.

He is current being held in the Franklin County Detention Center on a $136,000 cash bond.

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