A Lexington man whose car was stolen last month got the vehicle back Friday after spotting two men riding in it on Richmond Road.
Unfortunately, the red Toyota Camry crashed into a light pole first, probably totalling it, and the men jumped out and ran away. Police dogs were tracking their scent Friday afterward.
The scene unfolded about 3 p.m. near Richmond Road and St. Margaret Drive. Lexington police Sgt. Jack Roberts said the Camry's rightful owner called police a few minutes earlier and said he was following his car, which had been stolen July 15.
Police intercepted the Toyota on Richmond Road and pulled it over. As officers were approaching it, the driver sped away and took a corner onto St. Margaret Drive, Roberts said.
"They were getting it just like Dale (Earnhart) Jr. and did a Dukes of Hazzard right into this telephone pole," Roberts said.
The driver and passenger bailed from the wreckage and ran toward Idle Hour Country Club. Officers chased the men but lost sight of them.
A police dog tracked the men's scent for more than 30 minutes before losing the trail near the country club's golf course. They had not been found Friday night.
Roberts did not have a detailed description. He said the suspects were two men in their late teens or early 20s "running very fast."
Anyone with information was asked to call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.
Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLPublicSafety