Man accused of escaping from officers, crashing stolen car into police cruiser arrested

Posted at 3:31 PM, Nov 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-10 23:16:56-05

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.