By JEROD CLAPP
After a police chase and an arrest, the Jeep was located, but the search for Rocky is still on.
A suspect was arrested in Louisville at about 11:15 a.m. on Monday in connection with the theft of an Otisco man’s Jeep Liberty with his Great Pyrenees, Rocky, in the back seat.
Donald Kintner, 29, Corydon, faces seven felony charges in Indiana and another in Kentucky after stealing Tony Salamone’s vehicle from Bare Shoulder BBQ in Charlestown on Aug. 20.
Salamone said he was told the Jeep was deemed a total loss by Louisville Metro Police’s impound lot and still doesn’t know where Rocky ended up.
“I don’t know what to do,” Salamone said. “They got the car in the impound yard, but like I said, I don’t care about the car. I say keep the car and let me get my dog back.”
According to a Clarksville Police report, Kintner was spotted weaving in and out of his lane and an officer realized the Jeep was stolen after running a report on the license plate.
The chase continued into Louisville onto Floyd Street. The narrative says Kintner hit one Clarksville officer’s cruiser several times with the stolen vehicle, then tried to pass a semi, but ran into the trailer. He fled on foot and was apprehended by two officers.
Andrew Salamone, Tony’s son, said police told him Kintner let the dog out, but didn’t say where or when.
He said his family will continue looking for the dog, but the word spread on social media, giving them hope that people were looking out for Rocky.
“We’re going to keep checking shelters,” Andrew said. “But I really want to thank everyone on Facebook. I’ve had a ton of responses on Facebook and one link we shared had 258 shares outside of us. It contacted close to 5,000 people that we know of. Just keep an eye out and we appreciate the help.”
Kintner faces three felony counts of battery committed with a deadly weapon, a count of criminal recklessness, two counts of resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator.
According to court records, Kintner has 17 traffic-related violations — including driving while suspended and operating while intoxicated — dating back to 2001.
He also faces a felony count of receiving stolen property. He’s held in Jefferson County Corrections under a $10,000 bond.
Rocky, a 100-pound Great Pyrenees is still on the loose, possibly in Clark, Floyd or Harrison counties. He’s a large white dog that looks typical of the breed. Call your local animal shelter if you find him.