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K9 bites car theft suspect, ending police pursuit

The suspect was wheeled into an ambulance. (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News) The suspect was wheeled into an ambulance. (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News)
Officers subdued the man after he was bitten by a K9. (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News) Officers subdued the man after he was bitten by a K9. (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News)
The suspect crashed the stolen car in the area of 15th and Oak Streets.  (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News) The suspect crashed the stolen car in the area of 15th and Oak Streets. (Source: Lee Holeman/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A suspected car thief led officers on a pursuit from Floyd County into Louisville where he crashed the vehicle and was bitten by a police K9 early Wednesday morning.

Dispatchers said the Floyd County Sheriff's Office notified MetroSafe about 12:30 a.m. that deputies were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 64 across the Sherman Minton Bridge. Officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department spotted the vehicle and joined the pursuit. Eventually, the driver got off I-64 and crashed the car in the area of 15th and Oak Streets.

The driver got out and ran. Police set up a perimeter at the crash site and eventually caught the suspect with the help of an LMPD helicopter and a K9 unit, which bit the man. The suspect was examined by an EMS crew and taken to University of Louisville Hospital.

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He faces numerous charges in southern Indiana and could face charges in Louisville, as well.

It was not immediately clear where the car was stolen in Floyd County.

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