Cave City man arrested, accused of waving machete at deputies

CAVE CITY, Ky. – A man was arrested Saturday and is accused of brandishing a machete at Edmonson County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to a media release, William Thomas Smith, 39, was waving down traffic on Louisville Road. When deputies arrived, they found Smith sitting in the middle of a corn field.

When law enforcement approached Smith, he picked up the machete and raised it over his head in an aggressive manner, according to the release.

Officers asked Smith to drop the machete, instead, Smith threw it at the deputy’s vehicle and started running.

According to the release, Smith was told to get on the ground. He refused at first, then eventually complied. While deputy’s attempted to put the man in handcuffs, Smith grabbed the deputy’s duty belt in an attempt to pull him down. The deputy eventually deployed his taser twice before Smith relented.

Deputies discovered Smith was wanted on three outstanding warrants stemming from charges out of Barren and Warren Counties.

Smith is charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree assault and resisting arrest.

He was held in the Hart County Jail.