July 3, 2019
A man is in custody after allegedly stealing an officer’s vehicle and leading officers on a chase in Bullitt County.
Just after 7: 00 p.m. on July 3, an officer with the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Baker for multiple warrants. While Baker was in custody, the officer witnessed a burglary in progress, secured Baker and went to investigate the burglary.
That’s when Baker, still in handcuffs, allegedly stole the officer’s vehicle. The officer called into central dispatch to inform them that his vehicle had been stolen and multiple agencies joined in the pursuit of the cruiser.
In total, there were 22 officers involved from the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, the Kentucky State Police, the Hillview Police Department, the Shepherdsville Police Department, the Pioneer Village Police Department, and the Lebanon Junction Police Department.
At 7:36 pm, police received a tip that the police vehicle was headed North on Highway 245.
According to officers, Baker bailed from the vehicle and ran into the Bullitt County Fairgrounds. Officers found him in a creek near the fairgrounds and took him into custody around 8:17 p.m.
Baker’s warrant was for burglary, criminal mischief, possession of meth, and other charges. In addition to those charges, he is now facing 13 counts of wanton endangerment against police officers and fleeing police on foot and in a motor vehicle.
Commanding Officer for Bullitt County Walt Sholar said he is proud of the effort the men put into catching Baker. He praised them and thanked them for the team effort to bring Baker into custody quickly.