London PD: Suspect in car chase hits police car, injures officer

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police say a man has been arrested after a high speed chase in London at around 10:00 a.m. involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

Officers say they were called to Universal Linen Service just before 10:00 a.m. on a report of that an employee who had received a termination notice was threatening to shoot another employee

When police arrived, they say 29-year-old Christopher Gaines drove off of the parking lot, nearly hitting an officer, beginning a high-speed pursuit through Mill and Whitley Streets, and KY 192.

Investigators say Gaines then entered the Walmart parking lot, and intentionally hit an off-duty deputy’s vehicle, drove away from the accident, and then hit a London police cruiser on his way out of the lot. The police officer suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to KentuckyOne Health Saint Joseph London.  The deputy was uninjured.

Officers say Gaines continued driving, pulling into a Shell station and nearly hitting a bystander who was pumping gas, before speeding down KY 192 at over 100 mph.  Crossing over the Hal Rogers Parkway, police say Gaines failed to make a turn onto Rebecca Lane and crashed into a barrier.

Still not finished, investigators say Gaines ran away from his vehicle on foot, jumping a nearby fence.  Officers followed, and were able to take him into custody, though Gaines reportedly resisted arrest while being handcuffed.

Christopher Gaines

Christopher Gaines (Photo Courtesy: London Police Dept.)

Gaines was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center, where he was charged with multiple offenses, including wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, failure to render aid, and resisting arrest.

Photo & Video Courtesy: Mona Brock Thompson

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