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Report of stolen car leads to police chase

Madison County Sheriff's Deputies say the chase ended just a short walk from where Reginald Branch now sits at the Madison County Detention Center where he's facing several charges.

Deputy Willard Reardon it didn't take long for a deputy to spot a suspected stolen vehicle from Garrard County on Route 52.

"When he activated the lights and siren, of course, the chase was on," he says.

Reardon says Reginald Branch was behind the wheel and led the deputy on a chase up 52, then onto the Eastern Bypass. At one point, Reardon says the vehicle Branch was driving stalled.

"The deputy got out of his car and by the time he was approaching the car on foot, somehow the suspect got the vehicle restarted and then turned left on Four Mile and the chase was back on," he says.

As the vehicle crossed a set of railroad tracks, though, Reardon says Branch lost control and crashed. He says Branch then ran toward downtown, where deputies and Richmond Police caught up with him.

"About 500 feet from the county jail, so it's kind of ironic that it happened that way," he says.

He says the time of day was a big consideration for the chase.

"About 3:00, 4:00 in the morning, traffic is very light. Not a lot of traffic in the downtown area. There's just not a lot of traffic period. Obviously if it would have been in the middle of the day, we would have probably called it off," says Reardon.

Deputies say Branch also had outstanding warrants for not paying child support and being a persistent felony offender. While the car was not registered to him, police haven't yet charged Branch with stealing it.


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