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Man allegedly crashes multiple times, steals car while fleeing officers, Frankfort KSP post reports

A Shelbyville man faces multiple charges after he allegedly led police on a wild chase, collided with one vehicle, stole another and crashed that vehicle into a police cruiser.

Kentucky State Police said Jonathan Curtis, 32, is charged with reckless driving, first-degree robbery, fleeing and evading police in a vehicle and on foot, and criminal mischief.

A woman was taken to Jewish Hospital in Shelbyville after Curtis' car collided with hers. Her name was not released, and there was no information available about her condition, according to state police at the Frankfort post.

According to police, trooper Brad Arterburn saw a blue 2001 Ford Focus pull onto U.S. 60 from Hemp Ridge Road on Tuesday without obeying a stop sign.

When Arterburn attempted to pull the car over, the driver kept going toward Shelbyville on U.S. 60, eventually changing lanes and traveling west in the eastbound lane, according to police.

Curtis's car collided with the woman's eastbound vehicle. With his car inoperable, Curtis ran, with state troopers and Shelbyville officers in pursuit, police said.

Curtis allegedly ran down Washington Street and into a business parking lot, where he jumped into a shopper's vehicle, ordered the owner out of it, and tried to back up, crashing into a trooper's cruiser.

After the vehicle struck a concrete barrier, Curtis was arrested off Hi Point Drive in Shelbyville, police said.

The case remains under investigation.

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