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Man who led police on chase said he stole to support crack addiction

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David Thompson (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center) David Thompson (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
Stevenson Jones (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center) Stevenson Jones (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
The chase lasted about 25 minutes. The chase lasted about 25 minutes.
Major Jason Rice Major Jason Rice

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Two men who led the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and several other local agencies on a chase Sunday afternoon have been arrested.

Detectives said David Thompson was caught leaving the Walmart in Shelby County with two televisions he did not pay for. Walmart had notified police that employees believed Thompson had stolen $3,000 worth of electronics Friday and Saturday.

"He then ran back inside the Walmart. Once inside Walmart loss prevention then yelled at him to stop," Major Jason Rice with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said.

Rice said Thompson then ran back outside an into a blue van his accomplice was in.

"There was a struggle where he was striking the deputy, the deputy was trying to apprehend him at that point in time he was able to push the deputy away and get enough distance where he could go on and get into the driver's seat of the vehicle," Rice said.

Police said Thompson, with Stevenson Jones in the passenger seat, whipped out of Walmart's parking lot on Taylorsville Road and head for Interstate 64 toward Louisville.

They then went to the Gene Snyder Freeway where Thompson and Jones slid out the passenger door. Thompson headed toward Old Henry Road.

"Then the subject started back towards I-64 where he was able to be stopped at that time by several agencies."

No one was injured in the 25 minute chase.

"[Thompson] admitted to the entire circumstances," Rice said. "He stated that he had a drug problem, a crack cocaine problem, and that he had been stealing from Walmarts in the areas in order to fund his drug problem."

Rice said they drug crimes every day and it's become a serious problem, "Eighty percent of the crimes that we deal with go back to a drug problem that has probably started their crime spree."

Jones is charged with complicity to robbery. Thompson has a plethora of charges.

"Feeing and evading a police officer on foot, fleeing and evading a police officer in a car, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, the shoplifting charges he also faces robbery charges on this count." Rice said.

Rice said Thompson left the TVs at Walmart before fleeing. Both suspects are to be arraigned in the next few days.

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