Lexington police think they know identity of driver who crashed into building, left puppy

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 21, 2014 

Police continued to look Monday for a man who crashed a car into a Lexington business Sunday night and then ran off, leaving a puppy inside the vehicle.

No arrests had been made as of Monday evening, Lt. Eddie Hart said. However, police said Sunday night that they found a wallet and other items in the car, and they think they know who the driver was. Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts did not give a name Monday.

The female pit bull puppy, thought to be about 2 months old, was put in the care of Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control. The dog did not appear to be injured, officials said.

According to police, the car slammed into South Hill Gallery, an art and custom framing business in the 1400 block of Versailles Road, about 9 p.m. Sunday.

The wreck happened soon after an officer noticed a car traveling recklessly on High Street. Police said the driver refused to stop and left at high speed. The officer decided not to pursue the car because of the potential danger to other motorists, but he did send out a vehicle description.

Moments later, another officer saw that a car matching that description had crashed into the South Hill Gallery building, police said.

The driver was gone when police arrived, and officers found an open container of alcohol in the car, Hart said.

The puppy was found on the floorboard of the car, apparently where it was thrown in the wreck.

South Hill Gallery was closed Monday, and the front entrance of the building, which was extensively damaged, was covered with plastic sheeting.

Letha Tomes Drury, who owns the business with her husband, Mike Drury, said in a Facebook post that the damage was "indescribable."

She said they were grateful no one was inside when the crash occurred Sunday night.

The business's website said Monday that because of the "catastrophic accident," it would be "closed for a few days to sort out the damage and stabilize our front entry." It also posted a picture showing the damaged building.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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