Louisville Man arrested in pursuit of crime theft

NEW ALBANY – A 19-year-old Louisville man was arrested Monday afternoon after leading police in a New Albany chase and crashing into several vehicles.

Around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, trooper Brett Walters attempted to pull a red 2007 Ford Explorer over for expired temporary license plates after watching it drive onto Charlestown Road in New Albany. Trooper Walters also noted that the Explorer was a possible match with a vehicle recently posted as stolen by the Louisville Metro Police Department. The Explorer initially stopped at the roadside, but then sped south from the crime scene.

During the pursuit, the Explorer drove at high speed, skid and ran over red lights. At one point, the driver nearly crashed into a New Albany Police Department cruiser with emergency lights activated and then into the driver’s side of a white SUV.

As the pursuers neared the 1500 block of Charlestown Road, the Explorer failed on a sharp left turn and came off the lane, hitting two parked cars and several trash cans before coming to a stop in a courtyard. The driver then fled on foot. Trooper Walters ran after the driver and watched him toss a black object under an abandoned vehicle before tripping and falling to the ground. The driver, identified as Noah J. Simmons, 19, of Louisville, Kentucky, was taken into custody without further incident. The black item that was thrown on the ground was a semi-automatic pistol that was allegedly stolen from Jeffersonville, Indiana. The red Explorer was stolen from Louisville, Kentucky.

Noah Simmons was remanded in Floyd County Prison. Simmons is charged with the following:

  1. Car theft – Level 6 crimes
  2. Possession of Stolen Property – Level 6 Crimes
  3. Resistance to Vehicle Arrest – Level 6 Serious Crimes
  4. Possessing a firearm without a permit is an offense
  5. Reckless Driving – An Offense
  6. Escape from the scene of the accident – a misdemeanor
  7. Resistance to law enforcement on foot – an offense

Trooper Walters was assisted by officers from the New Albany Police Department. The NAPD also investigated both accidents that occurred during the persecution.

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