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POLICE: Shoplifting suspect leaps from motorized wheelchair and runs away

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Eric L. Alexander (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Eric L. Alexander (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a shoplifting suspect was determined to run from police -- and he wasn't about to let the fact that he was in a motorized wheelchair get in the way.

According to an arrest report, it happened on Tuesday, April 28, just after 10:30 p.m., near the corner of Portland Avenue and N. 22nd Street.

Police say an officer was flagged down after 37-year-old Eric L. Alexander stole two cases of beer from a store and drove away in a motorized wheelchair.

That officer eventually pulled up behind Alexander as he was driving in the wheelchair. That's when, police say, Alexander "jumped up from the chair and ran on foot around the block," trying to get away.

Police say they caught up with Alexander on foot a couple of blocks from where he left the wheelchair.

When police returned to the wheelchair, they allegedly found the stolen merchandise and returned it to the store.

Alexander was charged with theft by unlawful taking and fleeing or evading police.

NOTE: Due to an error in the police arrest citation provided to WDRB, a previous version of this story misidentified the suspect as Aaron C. Alexander. After careful investigation, it was later determined that the arrested suspect is Eric L. Alexander. Police now confirm that Mr. Aaron C. Alexander had no involvement in this case whatsoever.

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