Bloodhound, gyroplane used to nab escaping car theft suspect

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Anthony Schultheiss
Officer Derek Flynn and Captain Jeff Phillippi escort Anthony Schultheiss to a nearby cruiser on Ham Street after a lengthy search this morning. (Photo Courtesy: Somerset Police Department)

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – Somerset Police say it took bloodhounds and an aircraft to finally locate and arrest a man who ran away from law enforcement while he was being taken to jail.

Police say it all started just after 4:30 a.m. on Thursday when officers pulled over a car that had been reported stolen along Cotter Avenue.

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A passenger in the car, 28-year-old Anthony Schultheiss, was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property, and for carrying a concealed weapon, after officers say they found a large knife on him.

Then, at about 6:00 a.m., as they were walked him into the Pulaski Co. Detention Center, police say Schultheiss managed to break free and run off.  A pursuing officer suffered a leg injury while running after him, allowing Schultheiss to continue heading north.

That’s when officers say they brought in a bloodhound unit, which was able to track Schultheiss to a field near the south ends of Wilson and Ham Streets off of KY 80.  The bloodhound was able to flush Schultheiss out of a fence line at about 7:50 a.m., but Schultheiss took off though the backyards of local businesses.

Police say, however, a Captain with the department flying a gyroplane was able to direct officers to Schultheiss’ location, where he was eventually found under a rock embankment in a wooded area between Bogle Street and Ham Street.  Police say Schultheiss was then taken into custody, still wearing the handcuffs from his original arrest.  He was returned to the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Anthony Schultheiss
Anthony Schultheiss (Photo Courtesy: Pulaski County Detention Center)

Two others in the stolen car, Tia Cooksey and Nikka Dykes, were also arrested on outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.  Tia Cooksey’s mugshot was not immediately available.

Nikka Dykes
Nikka Dykes (Photo Courtesy: Pulaski County Detention Center)