TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Assault on a Police Officer in Adair County
Date of News Release: 06/02/07
(Columbia, KY) - At approximately 4:31 PM, Trooper BJ Burton arrested Billy Phillips, white male, 53 year of age, of Columbia, on east HWY 80 near the Adair/Russell County line. Phillips was charged with DUI 1st.
At approximately 5:40 pm, Trooper BJ Burton arrived at the Adair County jail. Once inside the jail, the accused lunged at Trooper BJ Burton several times. During the last altercation, Trooper BJ Burton struck Mr. Phillips. Mr. Phillips then fell into the wall and onto the floor. During the course of the fall, Mr. Phillips either struck his head against the wall or the concrete floor. Adair County EMS was notified. Mr. Phillips was transported from the jail to the helipad at Westlake Regional Hospital, then to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mr. Phillips was handcuffed in the front at the time this altercation occurred.