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E’town man rams police car during chase

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By Bob White

 

By BOB WHITE bwhite@thenewsenterprise.com BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY — An Elizabethtown man pursued Tuesday across state lines by Indiana State Police is said to have rammed a Kentucky State Police cruiser before the stolen pickup he was driving died and he was arrested by Breckinridge County Sheriff's deputies. According to Kentucky State Police, Charles E. Lucas, 67, fled into Meade and Breckinridge counties in a pickup reported stolen from the Hardinsburg Wal-Mart on July 24. He was able to give the Indiana trooper the slip during a pursuit, but Kentucky police picked up the chase after he crossed the bridge. KSP Trooper Curtis Mouser located Lucas and the pickup traveling along Ky. 86 near Union Star in Breckinridge County and attempted to make a stop. Lucas failed to stop, police said, and after some driving, he pulled into a driveway along Ky. 86 and drove to the rear of the property. During the pursuit, Mouser’s cruiser was rammed by the suspect’s vehicle and he lost sight of it. Breckinridge County Sheriff's deputies re-engaged pursuit with Lucas on Ky. 86 as the pickup traveled erratically on the wrong side of the road. The pickup died shortly thereafter and police took Lucas into custody without further incident. Lucas was charged with auto theft, fleeing police, assault, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and driving on a suspended license with no proof of insurance. After being lodged at the Breckinridge County Jail, Lucas was airlifted to Jewish Hospital in Louisville after reporting chest pains. He was under guarded supervision there Wednesday. Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.