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March 27, 2014

Escapee caught

Man was serving 10-year sentence in Louisville prison

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

A man with a history of vehicle thefts is now in the Laurel County Detention Center, held on six different charges.

Curtis B. Brewer, 34, of 820 Ridgewood Dr. in London, was arrested in the wee morning hours Tuesday on Chaney Ridge Road, seven miles north of London, after Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies received a call that a semi-truck was stuck in a ditch. The driver of the vehicle was trying to get the semi out of the ditch at 2627 Chaney Ridge Road around 3 a.m.

But when Deputies Mikey Ashurst and Tyler Morris and Sgt. Brett Reeves came up on the scene, a male subject, later identified as Brewer, fled the scene. A brief foot chase and a scuffle followed, and Brewer was taken into custody.

The investigation into the incident unveiled Brewer’s confession that he had taken a large amount of methamphetamine earlier, then stole the semi-truck. As the investigation continued, it was discovered Brewer had escaped from a Louisville correctional facility where he was serving a 10-year sentence for first-degree burglary. After the escape on Saturday, Brewer found a Peterbilt semi truck with the keys in it parked beside a building in Louisville  and proceeded to travel to London in the stolen truck.

Brewer was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, resisting arrest, menacing, and receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more. He was also charged with a Jefferson County warrant of arrest for second-degree escape. He is currently being held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $10,000 cash bond on one charge.

This is not Brewer’s first attempt at stealing a vehicle. Last June, Brewer was arrested in Laurel County after he broke into a residence on Cliff’s Edge Road, seven miles north of London. The victim returned home and saw her pickup idling in the driveway. The woman contacted police because she thought someone might be inside her home.

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