By GARY POPP
A man held a knife to a woman’s throat as he stole her vehicle in the Veterans Parkway Walmart parking lot early Sunday morning, and before speeding away in the automobile, he allowed the woman to take a baby from the car, police reported.
Scotty O. Ford, 21, Rod N Reel Road in South Louisville, was later arrested by the Clarksville Police Department and charged with robbery and carjacking, both class B felonies, and resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, both class D felonies.
A CPD police officer in the area driving an unmarked car was notified about 4:45 a.m. that a vehicle, a white Chevrolet, had been stolen from the Walmart patron. The officer located a vehicle matching the description at Veterans Parkway and Sam Gwin Drive. As the officer pulled behind the vehicle, according to the police report, it sped up and turned onto Giltner Lane and then onto Broadway.
The officer alerted surrounding police of the pursuit but did not activate the car’s lights or sirens to avoid a possibly dangerous pursuit until other officers were present for support.
While on Broadway, Ford accelerated to about 70 mph. When he reached the roadway’s end, Ford performed at U-turn. While Ford made the maneuver, the officer was able to partially block in the Chevrolet and ordered Ford to turn off the vehicle. Ford was able to drive around the police unit, however, and sped away.
“I then activated my emergency lights and sirens as it was obvious that the driver knew I was a police officer in an unmarked vehicle,” the officer put into the report.
Other police cars were then arriving onto Broadway, at which time Ford was driving the stolen car at more than 90 mph.
“It appeared to this officer that the driver attempted to hit one of the police units head on,” according to the police report.
As Ford attempted to make a turn onto a surrounding street, while still traveling nearly 90 mph, the Chevrolet’s right front axle broke and a wheel came partially off and got lodged under the vehicle. A rear tire also blew out, police reported. The vehicle continued traveling about 100 yards in the wrong direction of traffic on Veterans Parkway.
Ford then exited the vehicle, and although he was ordered by police to stop, he continued on foot though the Coyle Chevrolet property. For a moment, police lost sight of Ford among the parked vehicles. Other officers went to nearby Woodstock Drive, where Ford was last seen running toward. He was taken into custody moments later by officers on Woodstock Drive.
Police later spoke with the woman who said a male, later determined to be Ford, had approached her and at least one other person and held a knife to their throats as he demanded their car.
It is unclear if the woman was the mother of the child removed from the vehicle or the registered owner of the Chevrolet.
Ford appeared for an advisement of right hearing in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 Monday, where presiding Judge Daniel Moore set his bond at $40,000 court-cash.
He has an initial hearing scheduled for Thursday.