Louisville Police Officer Struck, Killed by Impaired Driver

Louisville Metro Police Detective Deidre "Dee Dee" Mengedoht was killed Monday afternoon after her patrol car was struck by an impaired driver.

Detective Deidre 'Dee Dee' Mengedoht
Detective Deidre "Dee Dee" Mengedoht
Louisville Metro Police Department

A Louisville Metro Police detective was killed Monday afternoon after her patrol car was struck by an impaired driver.

Detective Deidre "Dee Dee" Mengedoht , according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

Mengedoht was conducting a traffic stop on a pickup truck on the eastbound side of Interstate 64 just after 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve when the semitruck crashed into the officer's vehicle.

The 32-year-old officer had been with the department for 7 1/2 years.

"Those who knew Dee Dee will tell you ... she always went above and beyond what was asked of her or required of her," Police Chief Steve Conrad said at a press conference. "This is a tragic, tragic day for everyone."

Police arrested the semitruck driver, 60-year-old Roger Burdette, on charges of murder and operating a vehicle under the influence. Burdette admitted to taking multiple prescription drugs, according to an arrest citation. He "made no attempt to avoid collision with police vehicle.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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