Suspect in custody after LMPD officer injured after police chase, crash near Shawnee Park
An LMPD officer is recovering after being injured in a crash after a police chase that ended near Shawnee Park late Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - An LMPD officer is recovering after being injured in a crash after a police chase that ended near Shawnee Park late Tuesday.
The chase started in West Point, Kentucky and involved several police agencies.
West Point Chief of Police Vernon Curl says it started around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when officers from a narcotics task force tried to make a traffic stop.
When the driver of the car refused to stop, West Point police began to chase him.
Curl says the suspect led officers up Dixie Highway, through Shively and eventually onto West Broadway in Louisville. Shively Police blocked several roads while West Point Police, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department, and LMPD joined in to stop the suspect.
A witness says the driver tried to drive up a hill at the entrance of Shawnee Park at 43rd and Broadway around 11:45 p.m., but the car rolled back down.
Phillip Guy says he saw the aftermath of the chase.
"I ain't never seen this much stuff happening like this in a long time!" Guy said. "Not too much that goes on down this way. But I mean, if you're gonna come down here and run from the police, you don't want to come down here because there ain't no way out!"
According to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell, officers from LMPD 1st Division were waiting for the suspects near the entrance of the park in case they tried to run from the car on foot. Mitchell says the car stopped in the 4600 block of W. Broadway where officers stated that the stopped between two cars parked in front of a residence.
As officers approached the vehicle, the suspects drove it up a hill, through the front yard of a residence. Mitchell says officers from the West Point narcotics task force immediately arrested a passenger on an unrelated parole violation, but but the driver took off on foot.
Mitchell says an LMPD officer was in the process of securing the vehicle in case the driver came back, but as the officer approached, it began rolling backwards, pinning the officer between the suspect vehicle and another vehicle.
EMS responded to the scene the officer was taken to University Hospital with a broken leg.
Police say the suspected driver of the car -- now identified as 28-year-old Ricky Brewer -- was captured a short time later and booked into the Hardin County Jail. According to an arrest report, he told police he was trying to sell meth.
Both suspects are facing drug, weapons and traffic charges in Hardin County. Brewer could face more charges related to the chase in Jefferson County.
We're told the LMPD officer is expected to be OK.
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