Friday, January 27, 2012

Arrest Made In Deputy's Highway Fatality

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police arrested David  W. Childers of Ashcamp Friday afternoon and charged him with murder in connection with the January 23, 2012 motor vehicle accident that killed Pike County Sheriff's Deputy James I. Thacker, 53, of Elkhorn City. KSP Post 9 Detective Jimmy Anderson obtained a warrant for the arrest of Childers, who was located and arrested by Tpr. Jason McClellan. Childers was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. Police say Deputy Thacker was serving papers Monday night when a SUV driven by Childers crossed the center line on U.S. 460 and hit Thacker's cruiser head on. Pike County Sheriff Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee said Thacker came to his department a year ago, after a four-year term as constable. Hundreds gathered at East Ridge High School Friday to honor a fallen deputy who gave his life to serve his community.