Chase ends in arrest
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 10:09 pm
The Messenger. 06.30.08 An alleged shoplifter was caught following a pursuit Friday morning in Fulton. Antoine Jernigan, 48, of 600 Wells Ave., Fulton, was arrested on charges of shoplifting and first-degree fleeing/evading, according to a Fulton Police Department press release. The incident began about 11:27 a.m. when the Fulton Police Department received a call from Cardinal Liquors owner Jeff Leblanc indicating that a black male had just stolen some merchandise and left on a bicycle without making payment. According to the police department press release, the suspect was observed by Fulton County (Ky.) deputies in the area of the railroad yard and Seventh Street. Fulton police and Fulton County sheriff’s deputies searched the area and observed the suspect fleeing between the houses on Seventh Street, traveling east. The suspect allegedly refused to stop for officers’ vehicles and proceeded east across Fairview, attempting to continue fleeing. While attempting to go up a steep driveway on Fairview, the suspect lost control of his bicycle by sliding to the ground. While sliding, contact was made between the suspect’s bicycle and a Fulton Police Department vehicle being driven by detective Sgt. Steven Williams, police reported. The suspect complained of injuries from the pursuit and the Twin City Ambulance Service responded to the scene. The suspect was treated at the scene and transported to Parkway Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released. The merchandise allegedly taken from the store was recovered at the scene, according to police. Administrators of the Fulton Police Department requested the Kentucky State Police investigate the crash. The investigation is currently ongoing, Fulton Assistant Police Chief and public information officer Jere Hughes said.