Bond set at $100K for man accused of stealing LMPD cruiser - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Bond set at $100K for man accused of stealing LMPD cruiser

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of stealing a police cruiser during a traffic stop early Thursday appeared in court Friday.

A plea of not guilty was entered for 47-year-old Scott Patrick Kennedy.

It all started around 3:30 a.m. Thursday on W. Kenton Street near Fifth Street. That's where an LMPD officer stopped Kennedy.

"The officer backed up on that individual, got out, was talking to him," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell. That person became very evasive."

Mitchell says the fourth division officer ran plates on the suspicious car and it came back to someone with several warrants. At some point, the Kennedy took off on foot and the officer followed.

"That individual circled around, was able to gain access to the marked police vehicle and drove off in that," Mitchell said.

According to the arrest warrant, Kennedy nearly hit the officer when he took off in the cruiser.

Police say the squad car must have been left running. Officers chased the stolen cruiser, but Kennedy got away after ditching it on Oleanda Avenue.

LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says officers arrested Kennedy just before 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 near Central Avenue.

Kennedy is facing several charges, including wanton endangerment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and fleeing or evading police. He remains jailed on a $100,000 cash bond.

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