By GARY POPP
A nearly 10-mile high speed vehicle pursuit — at one point the vehicle became airborne — that began near Eastern Parkway in Clarksville Monday ended after the fleeing vehicle, driven by a Corydon man, collided with a Clarksville patrol car near Old Louisville.
A Clarksville police officer first attempted to stop a red Jeep Liberty driven by Donald Thomas Kintner, 29, at about 11 a.m. after seeing the vehicle weaving in an out of traffic. Before the officer turned on his police vehicle’s lights and sirens, a records check showed the vehicle to be stolen.
Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said the Jeep was later identified as the vehicle stolen from an Otisco man last week, at Bare Shoulder BBQ in Charlestown. The vehicle was taken while its owner’s 100-pound dog was inside.
Palmer said the whereabouts of the dog remains unknown, but Kintner has claimed he dropped the dog off at a friend’s home prior to the vehicle pursuit.
When the police officer went to stop the vehicle, Kintner circled an area business and sped off at a high rate of speed and crossed over Eastern Boulevard.
The officer alerted dispatch of the pursuit as Kintner “proceeded to run every stop sign on Carter Avenue,” according to the police report.
Kintner then made an illegal turn onto Brown Station Way and entered an oncoming lane of traffic. He made a 180-degree turn onto the adjacent roadway and continued to drive in the opposite direction of traffic.
Kintner then drove through a median and onto the correct lane of traffic headed toward New Albany and continued until taking an exit onto McCullough Pike and then onto Emery Crossing, all the while traveling at a high rate of speed.
“While entering the ‘S’ curve of Emery Crossing, at Fast Lane Automotive, the suspect drove the vehicle off the road through the grass shoulder going airborne and almost losing control before pulling back onto Emery Crossing,” the officer reported.
Kintner then drove onto Harrison Avenue, toward two parked CPD vehicles with their lights activated, in an attempt to stop the oncoming Jeep.
“The suspect began accelerating hard towards them, at which time both officers had to rapidly move their vehicles to avoid being struck,” according to the report.
Kintner then drove from Harrison Avenue to South Clark Boulevard then onto Stansifer Avenue and went south onto U.S. 31.
“ ... at U.S. 31 South, he drove through three construction barrels and ran a cement truck off of the road in a construction zone and then proceeded onto U.S. 31 South at a high rate of speed, cutting off cars and weaving in and out of traffic ... ,” police reported.
The pursuit then entered Kentucky, as Kintner drove across the Kennedy Bridge.
After taking the Jefferson Street exit, Kintner disregarded several red lights in downtown Louisville, and drove along Second Street and through oncoming traffic for 10 blocks, police reported.
Kintner then turned onto Hill Street then onto Floyd Street, just south of Old Louisville, where “ ... he slammed on the brakes in an attempt to make [a CPD officer] collide with him.”
The officer swerved to avoid the collision, but the Jeep struck the front end of the officer’s marked Dodge Charger.
The collision resulted in the vehicle becoming lodged between the patrol car and a semi truck.
According to the report, Kintner then fled from the vehicle on foot, but was later taken into custody after being Tased and fighting to avoid his arrest.
Louisville Metro Police Department arrived on the scene and took Kintner into custody. He was later placed into the Jefferson County Jail
According to LMPD officials, Kintner faces a charge of receiving stolen property and is scheduled to appear in a warrant court Sept. 6.
Palmer said Kintner will eventually be extradited back to Clark County, where he has several outstanding warrants, to answer to the string of preliminary charges he picked up during the pursuit.
Palmer said those charges will include attempted battery to avoid arrest with a deadly weapon, reckless driving and theft-related charges.