LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have arrested the man who they said rear-ended a patrol car and tried to run over Kentucky State Police troopers with his car Thursday in downtown Louisville. At least one trooper fired shots at the man before he sped away, police said.
The arrest occurred at approximately 8:32 p.m., east of Lannan Park near the Ohio River, and was confirmed by Tpr. Scotty Sharp, the public information officer for KSP's post at Elizabethtown.
The search for the man, who was later identified as Thomas Trummer Jr., of Irvington, Kentucky, lasted about 2 1/2 hours.
Sharp called the incident "a total disregard for human life."
Police said the troopers saw Trummer in the parking lot of Hotel Louisville at Second Street and West Broadway around 6 p.m. Thursday. When the troopers approached Trummer's car, a black Chevrolet sedan, they said he rear-ended a patrol car before swerving his vehicle at the troopers.
Sharp said at least one trooper fired shots at Trummer when he tried to run them over.
Trummer did not fire any shots at the troopers, Sharp said. Police said there was a female passenger in the car with Trummer, and she was taken into custody.
Trummer left Hotel Louisville and sped through downtown streets before police caught up with him on Interstate 64 West, near Lannan Park in the Portland neighborhood. Officers made a traffic stop, and Trummer ran from the vehicle into the park area, police said.
The search included KSP troopers, LMPD beat officers, SWAT officers and K-9 officers.
According to Sharp, the troopers were in Louisville seeking to arrest Trummer on outstanding warrants. On June 11, Sharp said Trummer sped away from officers at a Kroger at 10645 Dixie Highway. Officers found Trummer in his car in the Kroger parking lot, and he fled when they attempted to talk to him. He was wanted for third-degree assault and battery, fleeing law enforcement and wanton endangerment, Sharp said.
WDRB News' images show the car stopped along I-64 with what appeared to be a bullet hole in a rear passenger window, damage to the front end and officers taking pictures of the vehicle.
Police were also gathering evidence in the Hotel Louisville parking lot. Yellow police tape blocked a hole in a fence adjacent to the intersection of Second and Broadway.
No one was hurt in Thursday's incident. Troopers are still drawing up the latest charges for Trummer, Sharp said.
Online court records show outstanding warrants for Trummer stemming from 2018 charges in Breckinridge County.
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