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Man charged with trying to run down officer

Bradley Lucas (Source: LMDC) Bradley Lucas (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It took nearly three months, but Louisville Metro Police have finally arrested a man who fled from and nearly struck an officer.

According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on April 20 in the parking lot of the Kroger at Second and Breckinridge.

The warrant states that Officer Eric Schmitt of Louisville Metro Corrections was working off-duty at the store when he was alert by someone that a man was intoxicated and trying to drive. Schmitt watched the suspect, Bradley Lucas, 23, drive off. However, Lucas returned to the parking lot about five minutes later and drove up to Schmitt's vehicle.

After identifying himself as an officer, Schmitt asked Lucas if he was intoxicated. Lucas said he was, but refused to get out of the car when instructed by Schmitt. Lucas sped off, but turned around before leaving the lot and sped back toward Schmitt as if he was going to hit him with the car. Schmitt moved out of the way and Lucas exited onto Third Street.

Lucas, it appears, wasn't done. The warrant says that Lucas came back toward the store on Second Street, but got stuck in traffic. Schmitt told him to pull into the parking lot and stop his car, but Lucas sped past the officer and went down an alley.

Lucas was arrested around 2 p.m. July 10 on the Greenbelt Highway. He was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections on charges of wanton endangerment of a police officer and fleeing and evading police.

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