MT. VERNON — A 22-year-old Mt. Vernon man faces numerous charges related to a high-speed chase Friday after stealing a truck in Jefferson County.
Callie Jean-Luc Buchanan, of the 1000 block of South 20th Street, was taken into custody around 4:30 p.m. Friday in the 23000 block of North Gilead Church Lane.
Buchanan was being held Monday in the Jefferson County Justice Center on preliminary charges of theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing and residential burglary. Other charges are pending, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
At mid-morning Friday the sheriff’s office received a report a 2007 Ford F250 truck was stolen from the 16000 block of East Saddle Club Road. The suspect had left a different truck at the Saddle Club Road scene which was identified as having been stolen from the Mt. Vernon Police jurisdiction a short time after 3 a.m. the same day.
Later in the afternoon, the stolen truck was spotted leaving the Dollar General Store in the 1800 block of South 10th Street and traveling westbound on Veterans Memorial Drive. MVPD officers in the area tried to stop the vehicle, however, the stop was terminated due to the dangerously high speeds driven by Buchanan in the stolen truck, the release stated.
A Jefferson County deputy followed Buchanan northbound on Interstate 57, westbound on the Dix-Irvington Road and then northbound on Tank Lane. Buchanan then drove through a cornfield and a short time later black smoke could be seen coming from the wooded area that Buchanan and the truck had last been seen.
Several police and fire agencies assisted the sheriff’s department in searching for the suspect, who eventually was taken into custody without incident.
Buchanan is allegedly responsible for a residential burglary in the North Gilead Church Lane area that occurred prior to his arrest.
The vehicle stolen earlier Friday morning was a 2001 Ford Ranger taken from a residence in the 1000 block of South 19th Street, according to police logs. That vehicle was recovered by the sheriff’s department, who released it to MVPD detectives for processing.