By GARY POPP
The subject of a high-speed vehicle pursuit in Clark County that ended with two crashes and several injuries Tuesday evening reportedly walked out of University of Louisville Hospital this morning and is now wanted by authorities.
Adam Moore, 29, Shepherdsville, Ky., was the subject of the nearly seven-mile vehicle pursuit along Ind. 403 while driving a Chevrolet Equinox, reportedly stolen earlier in the day in Radcliff, Ky.
Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan chased Moore for nearly seven miles before the Equinox, traveling nearly 100 mph or more, Whelan said, struck a Mazda passenger car in front of the Taco Bell on Ind. 403 in Charlestown.
Moore was taken from the wreckage to U of L Hospital, after he was ejected from the vehicle.
Whelan said about 2:30 p.m. today that he is not sure how Moore was able to leave the hospital at about 4 a.m.
“It’s amazing he could even walk,” Whelan said. “As far as I know, he is out and about walking around free man, which is very irritating to me.
Whelan said after the impact with the Mazda, the Equinox began a series of nearly 10 flips, covering approximately several hundred yards.
While the vehicle was still in motion, Moore, the Equinox’s only occupant, was ejected through the vehicle’s sun roof, Whelan said.
After Moore was ejected, the Equinox continued to flip and struck a van, near an entrance into Jay C Food Stores, and pushed the van into a nearby ditch.
Moore and the driver of the Mazda, the vehicle’s only occupant, were both taken to U of L Hospital.
Whelan said earlier today that Moore’s status Tuesday night was “alert, stable and combative.”
The woman driving the Mazda received nearly 50 stitches to back of her head and surgery will be required for a severely broken arm, Whelan said.
He said the driver of the van was hospitalized at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown. Whelan was not sure of the condition of the van’s driver, and said he believed there to be several passengers in the vehicle.
Whelan said as the investigation is ongoing, including a reconstruction of the accident, the name of the those involved are not being released.
He said the Radcliff Police Department are investigating the theft of the Equinox.
Whelan said a concerned motorist called 911 about 7 p.m. to report the erratic driving of Chevrolet Equinox along U.S. 31, near the Sellersburg Dairy Queen restaurant.
Moments later, Whelan was in a police vehicle on U.S. 403 several vehicles behind the speeding Equinox. He said when the pursuit crossed the bridge over Silver Creek, he saw the Equinox pass several vehicles, in the non-passing zone, causing oncoming vehicles to leave the roadway.
At this point in the pursuit, Whelan activated his vehicle’s lights and sirens. Whelan said Moore responded by rolling down the driver’s side window of the Equinox and “ ... I guess you would say, flipped me the bird.”
Moore did not slow his speed, Whelan said, and drove for some time in the oncoming lane.
“There was very light traffic, at that point, fortunately,” he said.
As the pursuit entered the business district of Charlestown, Whelan said he began to slow his speed, knowing he would soon approach the congested area. Moore, however, did not slow his speed and soon struck the driver’s side of the Mazda passenger car.
Whelan said he will be recommending to the Office of the Clark County Prosecutor 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.
Whelan said Moore has several active warrants for his arrest out of Kentucky.
He said one of the warrants is from Jefferson County for second-degree escape, and he has several warrants from Bullitt County related to charges of disorderly conduct, open container possession and traffic violations.