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Suspect evades police, gives false identity

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Deputy injured in pursuit

By Shannon Brock

After providing several false identities to members of the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, a Bardstown man fled police on foot early Tuesday morning, resulting in an injury to a sergeant.

During a routine traffic stop, because of expired tags, at the intersection Elk Creek Road and Plum Ridge Road, Deputy Austin Sasser “sense[d] the presence of alcohol” and began questioning a passenger in the vehicle, according to a citation completed by Sasser.
Michael A. Lewis, 24, of Purcell Avenue in Bardstown, was that passenger, but gave Sasser false names.
“I then asked the passenger, which was the above subject, if he had any ID and subject stated that he was only 15 years old and had no ID,” Sasser wrote, adding that he asked for the subject’s social security number, but the subject said he couldn’t remember it.
At that point, he gave the name “Michael Avery,” Sasser wrote.
Sasser asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle and both the driver and passenger said there was a pistol in the glovebox, the citation says.
“At this time, I called for Sgt. Todd Tinsley to respond to my location,” Sasser wrote.
When Tinsley arrived, both the driver and passenger exited the vehicle and the passenger gave Tinsley another false name.
“After the third time asking what his name was, he said that his name was Michael Lewis and [he] was 24 year old,” the citation says. “At this time, Sgt. Tinsley told the above subject to turn around due to the unknown truth and for the safety of the officer and the subject.”
At that time, the subject fled on foot.
Sasser and Tinsley chased after him and apprehended him on Plum Ridge Road.
During the pursuit, Tinsley fell and broke his finger. He was transported to Jewish Hospital by Spencer County EMS, Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said Tuesday morning. He had surgery on his hand on Tuesday.
When deputies got an accurate name for the suspect, they saw that he was wanted on a Nelson County warrant for absconding from drug court. Lewis had entered a diversion program on a felony first-degree criminal mischief charge, according to the arrest warrant.
Three other felony charges were dismissed by merging with the criminal mischief charge, according to the warrant.
Lewis faces charges of giving an officer a false name or address, resisting arrest and first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot) as a result of Tuesday's early morning incident.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Lewis was still in custody in the Shelby County Detention Center and no court date had been entered into the online docket.