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Public defender appointed for police pursuit suspect accused of stealing semi cab

Erik Atwell (Source: LMDC) Erik Atwell (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man accused of leading police on a cross-county pursuit pleaded not guilty Saturday.

Erik Atwell, 44, faces charges of receiving stolen property, wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading and resisting arrest.

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A judge appointed a public defender to represent Atwell during his arraignment.

Atwell is accused of leading police on a multi-county pursuit of a stolen tractor trailer cab. The chase ended shortly before 4 p.m. Friday on westbound Interstate 64 near Blankenbaker Parkway when the Atwell allegedly stopped the vehicle, jumped out and ran before numerous law enforcement officers tackled him.

Police said the semi cab was stolen Thursday night from a farm behind Oxmoor Center. Around 2:55 p.m. Friday, the vehicle's owner spotted the stolen cab and called police while following it.

Atwell remains incarcerated in Metro Corrections on a $25,000 bond.

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