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Kentucky State Police Pursuit of a Vehicle Ends with Arrest

Date of News Release: 12/02/2014

(Shelbyville) – On Tuesday, December 02, 2014, Trooper Brad Arterburn observed a vehicle entering US 60 East of Shelbyville from Hemp Ridge Road without stopping at the stop sign. Trooper Arterburn engaged his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle, a blue 2001 Ford Focus, the vehicle accelerated and continued on US 60 toward the city limits of Shelbyville. The vehicle changed lanes as it neared the city limits and was traveling west in the eastbound lane of traffic when it collided with a vehicle traveling eastbound. The operator of this vehicle was injured and transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. We have no report as to the extent of her injuries at this time.

The suspect's vehicle was rendered inoperable from the collision and he fled on foot from the scene with Troopers and Shelbyville Officers in foot pursuit. The suspect fled from the intersection at Frankfort and Mount Eden road, down Washington Street into a local business parking lot where he entered a shopper's vehicle and took control from the owner of the vehicle. Troopers and Officers briefly had the suspect at gun point.

The suspect ordered the owner out of the vehicle and placed it in reverse stricking a Kentucky State Police Cruiser. The Trooper operating the vehicle was not injured; the cruiser was severely damaged and unable to continue the pursuit. The Shelbyville Officers continued the pursuit and were able to apprehend the suspect after a brief pursuit which ended off of Hi Point Drive behind Rural King after the suspect struck a concrete barrier and fence around a KU/LG&E substation.

The suspect was identified as Jonathan Curtis 32 of Shelbyville. Curtis was initially charged with Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Evading 1st Vehicle, Fleeing and Evading 1st Foot, Robbery 1st and Criminal Mischief. Curtis was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville for minor injuries from the collision.

The investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police, Post 12.

For any questions, please contact Trooper Mark Johnson, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, at (502) 227-2221.