LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man who police say got away from officers and crashed a stolen vehicle into a police cruiser has been arrested.
Police say the incident happened Thursday morning after officers were called to the Kroger on Bryan Station Rd. for a report of a stolen vehicle. No one was hurt, but the police cruiser was damaged.
While attempting to arrest the driver, identified by police as 30-year-old Christian Pierce, police say he was able to get away and fled in the vehicle, damaging a police cruiser in the process. The vehicle was later located in the 800 block of North Limestone.
Pierce was arrested on outstanding warrants and charged with the following:
- Receiving stolen property ($10,000 or more)
- Wanton endangerment 1st degree (Police Officer)
- Escape 3rd degree
- Fleeing or evading police 1st degree
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
- Burglary 3rd degree
- Tampering with physical evidence
- Reckless driving
He is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.
While police were looking for Pierce, Sayre Schools was placed on precautionary lockdown. Transylvania University also issued a "shelter in place" order. Both have since been lifted.
Anyone with information about Pierce or this case is asked to call the Lexington Police at (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be sent to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020.