Police chase semi cab along I-64, suspect identified


by WHAS11


Posted on March 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 4:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department and Jeffersontown Police Department have apprehended a suspect after a chase on Interstate 64 in eastern Jefferson County.

Police have identified the driver of the semi as 45-year-old Erik Atwell. Atwell is from Louisville.

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Metro Dispatch said an employee saw a stolen vehicle from his work driving down the road, began following it and called the police.  LMPD officers began following the suspect and Jeffersontown Police picked up the chase when it crossed into their jurisdiction.

The semi cab was reportedly stolen from a farm near Oxmoor Mall Thursday night. 

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The chase, which lasted around 30 minutes, ended before 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon at I-64, near the Blankenbaker Parkway exit. 

Raw video: Police tackle, apprehend suspect

The suspect pulled over to the right shoulder of I-64 and ran from the truck.  Several police officers tackled and apprehended him after a very brief foot pursuit.

LMPD helped the Jeffersontown Police in this chase.