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DONNA CARMAN, LANDMARK NEWS SERVICE
A Liberty man who led police officers on a high speed chase in Taylor and LaRue counties in the early-morning hours of March 26, damaging private property and hitting five police cruisers, was apprehended Monday afternoon in Liberty.
Thomas Todd Sullivan, 27, of 360 Carmicle Street, was located in an apartment on Hustonville Street in downtown Liberty at 3:20 p.m. after police received an anonymous tip on his whereabouts.
Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman said Sullivan was discovered hiding in the bathroom of an apartment rented to Brian Lynn, which is in the upstairs of a building located across from the Liberty Post Office. Lynn was not home, Coffman said.
“The caller said he had been here a couple of days and was definitely in those apartments,” Coffman said.
Coffman said he and Deputy Chad Weddle, along with Kentucky State Police Detective George Atwood, as well as Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett, Lt. Ronnie Smith and Officer Harold Cochran, all went to the apartment, along with the manager.
Coffman said the manager opened the door and called out to see if anyone was there.
“(Sullivan) answered and as soon as we heard him holler, we went in,” Coffman said. “He tried to hide in the bathroom, but he didn’t resist once we found him.”
Sullivan was arrested and taken to the Casey County Detention Center, where he was lodged on a $20,000 full cash bond. Coffman said he would be returned to either Taylor or LaRue, as he does not face any charges in Casey County.
According to the citations, Sullivan is charged in LaRue County with criminal mischief, fleeing or evading police, disregarding a stop sign, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance first degree, speeding, and first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.
Sullivan also faces charges in Taylor County of disregarding a stop sign, speeding, fleeing or evading police, failure to illuminate head lamps, rear license plate not illuminated, reckless driving, improperly being on the left side of the roadway, failure to wear a seat belt, and first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.
Det. Atwood said Sullivan is also wanted in Ohio on a probation violation regarding larceny charges.
The incident involving Sullivan began around 5 a.m. in the parking lot at Walmart in Campbellsville, where officers had been called to check out a complaint. Sullivan refused to cooperate and fled in a Chevrolet Tahoe, traveling west on Ky. 210 toward Hodgenville.
Campbellsville officers pursued Sullivan into LaRue County, where they were joined by officers with the Hodgenville Police, LaRue County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police.
Sullivan led officers through a chase in Hodgenville, where he drove through a low brick wall, struck a garage and tore out cables in the city parking lot.
In the pursuit, he struck three Campbellsville police cruisers, a Hodgenville city cruiser, and a LaRue County deputy’s cruiser.
He traveled through several yards before getting stuck in a drainage ditch off Forresta Drive, where he then fled on foot.
A K-9 unit from the KSP was brought in and tracked Sullivan on foot, but was unable to locate the fugitive.