LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two people are in custody facing multiple charges after after fleeing from police in what turned out to be a stolen car.
On the morning of Jan. 24, a Louisville Metro police officer was flagged down by someone who reported two people sleeping in a car. The officer found Michael Anthony Thornton, 30, of Louisville, slumped over in the drivers seat. When police knocked on the window of the black Acura to wake Thornton, he sped off almost hitting an officer.
The Acura was spotted heading east on Frankfort Avenue by another officer who tried to pull it over. Thornton continued to flee from police who broke off their pursuit because of the danger to the public.
Police later found the car empty after it had crashed in the 100 block of Birchwood. An officer spotted Thornton waling in a nearby alley. He attempted to run, but was taken down and arrested by police.
The Acura had been reported stolen on Jan. 10. During a search of the car police found drug paraphernalia, a loaded syringe and items believed to have been stolen. Police said Thornton gave them a recorded statement admitting to the theft of the vehicle. Police also say he was captured on surveillance video using credit cards stolen during a burglary on Dec. 15.
Thornton is being held for assault of a police officer, wanton endangerment of a police officer, two counts of fleeing or evading police, leaving the scene of an accident, auto theft, obscuring the identity of a machine (the license plate of the car had been removed and replaced with another plate), burglary, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by unlawful taking.
Police also arrested the second person in the Acura, Kathryn J. McIntire, 29, also of Louisville. McIntire also fled on foot after the crash and was arrested in the backyard of a home on Birchwood.
McIntire is charged with fleeing or evading police, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident and obscuring the identity of a machine.
During the arrest of Thornton an officer suffered injuries to his shoulder and knee. He was taken to Norton Hospital for treatment.