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LMPD officers hurt in hit-and-run involving stolen car; suspects all underage

This latest incident involving a stolen car is one of hundreds reported so far this year.
Witnesses told investigators that the driver of the SUV and their passengers ran from the crash site but were quickly caught by responding officers, according t
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 9:41 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2022 at 9:45 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Two Louisville Metro Police Department officers were involved in a hit-and-run crash with a stolen SUV filled with underage suspects on Cane Run Road in west Louisville on Thursday morning.

It happened around 9 a.m. in the 4400 block of Cane Run Road at the intersection of Crums Lane, which is near a McDonald’s, according to LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell. A person driving a stolen SUV northbound on Cane Run Road struck the LMPD cruiser, which was heading east down Crums Lane into the Cane Run Road intersection. The cruiser then hit a third car.

Witnesses told investigators that the driver of the SUV and their passengers ran from the crash site but were quickly caught by responding officers, Mitchell said.

“That vehicle that struck the officers was stolen,” LMPD Officer Beth Ruoff said after the crash. “It was a fresh stolen car. All of the occupants, there were six occupants in that vehicle, fled on foot. All of those occupants were detained by officers responding to the area.”

The officers in the crash were not seriously hurt, but they were taken to the University Hospital for treatment. The driver of the third car was also brought to the hospital.

“We’re grateful for the (hospital) staff and the quick response in helping everyone,” Ruoff said. “It does appear everybody just has minor injuries, and they’re going to make a full recovery.”

The underage suspects in the SUV did not appear to be hurt. Their names have not been released, but she said it’s possible they are facing multiple charges.

“We’ll provide updates on that as soon as they’re determined by detectives working that case,” Ruoff said.

This latest incident involving a stolen car is just one of hundreds of reported auto thefts so far this year.

A search quickly found a number of incidents involving stolen cars and carjackings in the last few months. From reports of two innocent people taken to the hospital in a downtown crash in which a car was flipped, to a woman held at gunpoint for her car in front of a gym in Okolona, and a man shooting at police who were investigating yet another carjacking.

According to LMPD, so far this year, there have been 669 reported auto thefts. That’s actually down from 792 in 2021 as of this date.

For 2022 that averages to an average of nine auto thefts a day and one nearly every three hours.

LMPD is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash further.

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