Armed man steals SUV, flees police

Published 2:10 pm Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The investigation of a man suspected of stealing a vehicle at gunpoint and sending police officers on a high-speed chase is still underway.

“He has been identified, but is not in custody,” said Lt. Bryan Weed of the Troy Police Department.

Pending the investigation, the suspect’s name will not be released.

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The incident happened in the 600 block of Henderson Drive and was reported at about 8:40 p.m.

“He was armed with a pistol at the time,” Weed said.

The make and model of the gun has not been determined.

Officers spotted the stolen 2002 Honda CRV within five minutes of the report and attempted a traffic stop.

Instead of pulling over, the driver of the small sport utility vehicle sped away and tried to elude law enforcement officers throughout the City of Troy. On the police scanner, the man’s speed was reported as high as 65 miles per hour in residential neighborhoods including Murphree, Three Notch and Elm streets. At one point, an officer reported the suspect had turned off the vehicle’s headlights and cut through a wooded area.

“Officers chased the suspect for a good distance, for approximately 10 minutes, at which time, the vehicle hit a telephone poll,” said Weed. “The suspect fled the vehicle on foot.”

Once in custody, charges against the man could include robbery first degree, eluding law enforcement and several traffic violations.