A man who led Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning is back in custody after leaving University of Louisville Hospital Wednesday.
Adam Moore, 29, Shepherdsville, Ky., was taken to University Hospital to receive treatment for injuries he sustained when he wrecked the stolen vehicle he was driving after attempting to elude Whelan during a high-speed chase along Ind. 403. Moore was discharged and left the hospital, but was found later at Norton Hospital, Louisville, where he had checked himself in to receive further treatment, Whelan said. Whelan added that he was unaware when Moore checked himself in at Norton Hospital.
Whelan said that Norton staff recognized Moore from television coverage of the police chase and subsequent disappearance, and called Louisville Metro police.
Whelan said he was informed that Moore had been taken into custody about 1:47 a.m. Thursday.
Because Moore has outstanding warrants in Jefferson and Bullitt counties in Kentucky, and the Radcliff police are investigating the theft of the vehicle Moore was driving during the Sellersburg incident, it could be some time before Moore is extradited to Indiana to face charges, Whelan said.
“Depending on where he goes next, we’ll either kind of wait in line or they can say I can have him next,” Whelan said. “But we will eventually get him brought back to Indiana.”
Whelan said based on previous experience, it was unlikely that Moore will face federal charges, as federal authorities have not expressed interest in Moore.
Whelan said Tuesday he will be recommending to the Clark County prosecutor’s office that Moore be charged with class C felonies conversion and criminal mischief; resisting law enforcement, receiving stolen property, criminal recklessness, unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle, all class D felonies; class A misdemeanors aggressive driving, operator never licensed and reckless driving; and disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor.
HOW DID HE GET OUT?
The hospital has security guards on site, but they’re there to protect the staff and patients, according to University Hospital media relations Manager David McArther. McArther said the security guards aren’t charged with guarding patients who are considered in the custody of law enforcement.
Doctors told Whelan that Moore absolutely wasn’t in any condition to go anywhere, which is why no law enforcement officers were posted to guard over Moore, Whelan said.
“We were under the impression from the medical team on site that he was majorly injured, and there was no possibility that he was going to leave the hospital,” Whelan said. “So while he did have warrants out of Kentucky, those agencies were aware, told the same thing — ‘Hey, he just flew out of a vehicle going 100 mph, he’s not going anywhere.’”
Whelan said that’s a mistake his police department won’t make twice.
“Now we’re looking back, saying, ‘Boy, was we wrong,’” Whelan said. “I can say at least from this agency, that won’t happen again.”