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Video shows pursuit suspect ditching car, tossing keys in trash

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Minutes after the chase ended, exclusive video obtained by WAVE 3 showed the driver parking the car in a garage which is just down the street from where it was stolen. He then throws the keys into the trash. Minutes after the chase ended, exclusive video obtained by WAVE 3 showed the driver parking the car in a garage which is just down the street from where it was stolen. He then throws the keys into the trash.
Robert Ochman Robert Ochman
St. Matthews Police Major Lewis Christopher St. Matthews Police Major Lewis Christopher

ST. MATTHEWS, KY (WAVE) - Robert Ochman's neighbors were away Thursday morning when he saw a man breaking into their St. Matthews home.

"He ran out and I blocked his van and then he went around and these are his tracks going through the front yard," Ochman recalled.

Ochman got in his own car and followed him down Alton Road to Breckenridge. Police said the driver rammed into a car at a red light. That, according to St. Matthews police rules, gave them the green light to chase him down.

"If he had not rammed the lady, no we probably would not have pursued," St. Matthews Police Major Lewis Christopher said.

The department updated their policy on initiating pursuits last September. The new policy states the crime has to be violent or involve outrageous reckless driving that could harm someone.

"We were lucky that didn't happen in the pursuit yesterday, but it does happen a lot which is one reason why we are so restrictive on pursuits," Christopher said.

Thursday's chase went on for 12 minutes through Seneca and Cherokee Parks. Police pulled the plug once the stolen car turned onto busy Bardstown Road.

"I just decided we couldn't continue," Christopher said.

Minutes after the chase ended, exclusive video obtained by WAVE 3 showed the driver parking the car in a garage which is just down the street from where it was stolen. He then throws the keys into the trash.

Ochman is hoping the thief is caught just as fast as he drove off.

"Hopefully they catch him, that's what I want to see," Ochman said.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call St. Matthews police at (502) 893-9000.

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