ICE to deport man after Sunday wreck

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By Becky Barnes


A Hispanic man is being held at the Bourbon County Detention Center awaiting deportation following his arrest Sunday.

Cristian Rodrigues, 21, who claimed he has lived in Cynthiana for the last six years, was involved in a vehicle crash at Pleasant and Main streets and did not stop.

Cynthiana Police Cpl. Walter Tapp was behind Rodrigues’ vehicle when he struck a car driven by Jennifer Crump about 11 a.m.

“He just pushed the car and kept going,” Tapp said, adding that Crump’s car was slammed into a telephone pole.

She had to be removed from the wreckage by the Cynthiana Fire Department and its Jaws of Life. She was transported to the hospital where she was treated and later released.

Tapp said he followed Rodrigues to First Stop.

“He got out of the truck and said ‘Hey,’” Tapp said, noting that Rodrigues thought he had done nothing wrong.

Tapp charged Rodrigues with disregarding traffic control device, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, fleeing or evading police, no operator’s license, failure to maintain insurance, no registration plates, no registration receipt, first degree wanton endangerment and failure to wear seat belts.

Tapp said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be pursuing the deportation action.

 He said what makes the situation so bad is that Crump will be left without any compensation for her vehicle.