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Man steals Jeep, hits police car during chase, crashes in neighborhood

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Emergency crews on the scene of the crash. Emergency crews on the scene of the crash.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man faces multiple charges after Louisville Metro police said he drove a stolen SUV, side-swiped a squad car, led officers on a chase, then crashed his vehicle in a neighborhood.

Police said Michael Brown, 26, was in the University of Louisville Hospital with a leg injury from the crash, which happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the 4200 block of Norene Lane in Newburg.

Brown faces charges of receiving stolen property, wanton endangerment, driving under the influence, and disregarding a traffic control device, Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

The owner of the Jeep that Brown drove said her vehicle was stolen early Wednesday morning from a nearby gas station. Whitney Buford said she saw her Jeep in a news report and came to the crash scene.

"I left it in the Lord's hands because he can handle situations better -- I asked him to get me my car back," Buford said. "I got it back, but not the way I expected it to be."

Buford said she no means of transportation to her early morning shift at McDonald's. Her parents said they also relied on the Jeep to get to doctor's appointments for their disabilities.

Police recognized Brown as he drove on Preston Highway because he had a warrant in a separate burglary case, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said officers determined the Jeep was stolen and began following Brown, who side-swiped a squad car and led police down Norene Lane before hitting a concrete ditch and rolling the vehicle.

A Metro Police officer called in the crash to MetroSafe.

Witnesses said police approached the vehicle with their guns drawn and called the Louisville Fire Department to get Brown out of the Jeep. Police took Brown away in handcuffs and on a stretcher, neighbors said.

"You could tell he was injured, but he was still talking," said Allen Major, a neighbor who saw the aftermath of the crash.

Buford waited most of the evening to see if she could save the Christmas gifts she had stored in the back of the Jeep. She was only about to save two of the gifts, she said.

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