Suspect caught after stealing LMPD cruiser, leading officers on chase

Suspect caught after allegedly stealing an LMPD cruiser and leading officers on a chase
The stolen cruiser was stopped after entering a parking lot of UPS off Grade Lane.
The stolen cruiser was stopped after entering a parking lot of UPS off Grade Lane. (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A person was taken into custody after allegedly stealing an LMPD cruiser and leading officers on a chase Tuesday afternoon.

The LMPD cruiser was taken in the 9300 block of Donerail Way in the Valley Station area.

The chase started at 2:37 p.m. and ended at 2:49 p.m.

It ended when the driver abandoned the cruiser and ran off around the 700 block of Grade Lane, near Ashbottom Road and the UPS plant, an LMPD spokeswoman said.

The suspect, Brandon Hinton, 28, was caught while trying to climb a fence.

WAVE 3 News cameras were rolling when Hinton was loaded onto a gurney and into an ambulance. The LMPD spokeswoman said Hinton was taken to University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Hinton faces several charges including resisting arrest, fleeing and evading, wanton endangerment and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.

It’s not clear what Hinton was doing in the moments prior to the alleged theft of the LMPD cruiser.

Hinton is due in court Wednesday morning.

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