Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Officer killed on road usually covered water

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT MITCHELL - Douglas W. Bryant, well known for his conservation efforts and boater education classes, became only the second Kentucky wildlife and boating officer to die in the line of duty in more in 16 years when he was killed in a car chase Monday in Northern Kentucky.

The 62-year-old of Villa Hills resident was killed at 1:43 p.m. after crashing his Ford Super Crew Cab truck while chasing a postal worker down Interstate 71/75 for a traffic violation, said Sgt. Tom Loos, spokesman for Fort Mitchell police.

Lloyd C. Robinson, 56, of Florence said nothing as he appeared on a video monitor from a cell in the Kenton County Jail for arraignment Tuesday morning. He is charged with second-degree manslaughter and first-degree fleeing and evading police.

Robinson was being held Tuesday evening in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

Bryant, a 14-year veteran of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, was assigned to Kenton County and routinely patrolled the waterways in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area. The former teacher for years has led boating safety programs at schools and was involved in river cleanups.

"We (wildlife and boating officers) don't normally stop people on the interstate," said Col. David Casey, spokesman for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Whatever happened out there, Bryant must have felt lives were in danger if Mr. Robinson wasn't stopped."

Kentucky's 162 wildlife and boating officers are sworn officers with arrest powers.

Robinson's only injury was a cut on his right temple. He was parked at the Buttermilk Pike exit when police arrived.

Robinson faces five to 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charge.

Before taking the state job, Bryant was a Bromley police officer for five years. He leaves a wife, Cheryl, and a daughter, Kiana. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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