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UPDATE: Car Chase Ends with Child Injured, Driver Arrested

UPDATE 7/24/13 @ 11:45 a.m.
INEZ, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man wanted in connection with a two-state chase, accused of stealing a lawnmower, and hitting a child, has turned himself in.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says on Monday, a homeowner reported that they saw someone on their security camera, inside their home, stealing a push mower.

Sheriff Garrett Roberts found a vehicle matching the description the homeowner gave, with a push mower sticking out of the trunk.

Sheriff Roberts says he pulled the driver over. The driver said he was just doing yard work at the home.

Roberts says he mirandized the driver, who gave him false information, and the driver sped off, leading the sheriff on a chase.

The chase was called off due to weather and safety concerns.

Deputies say they knew the driver, Nicholas Marcum, and his girlfriend, who was his passenger, from previous run ins with the law.

After Marcum got into Martin County, deputies there say he crashed in the Evans Hardware parking lot, hitting a couple cars and 5-year-old Shawn Messer and his grandfather Tom Spears.

The boy suffered a broken pelvis and needed stitches in his mouth and lips. He was able to come home from the hospital Tuesday, the grandfather told WSAZ.com.

Marcum took off running, but the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says he turned himself in Tuesday night.

He was served with a fugitive warrant out of Ohio on a probation violation, and out of Kentucky on a child support charge.

He is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Marcum will face several more charges for Monday's incident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/23/13 @ 11 p.m.
INEZ, Ky. (WSAZ) – The parking lot of a hardware store nearly became the scene of a horrible tragedy.

Monday afternoon, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department tried to pull over Nicholas Marcum, believing he had a stolen lawnmower.

Deputies say the suspect sped away and led them on a chase that ended in Martin County.

They say Marcum crashed in the Evans Hardware parking lot, hitting a couple cars and 5-year-old Shawn Messer and his grandfather Tom Spears.

"It's almost like I was out of my body looking down at everything,” Spears told WSAZ.com.

As the car came quickly into the parking lot, witnesses say Spears picked up his grandson and tried to pull him out of the way, which kept him from getting hit head on.

They say that quick action almost certainly saved the boy's life.

"If the grandpa wouldn't have thrown the child out of the way, there's no doubt in my mind he would have been crushed," Assistant Manager Mike Sweeney, who saw the accident, said.

The boy suffered a broken pelvis and needed stitches in his mouth and lips. He was able to come home from the hospital Tuesday, the grandfather told WSAZ.com.

“Every time I close my eyes I hear tires squealing and glass breaking,” Spears said. “Thank God, he’s alive.”

Witnesses say Marcum took off running from the accident into the woods behind the store.

"He left my grandson for dead,” Spears said. “He didn't know how bad any of us were hurt."

Deputies are still looking for Marcum.

They say he would have just been charged with misdemeanors, but since he left the scene of the accident he'll now face felony charges when caught.

Deputies say Marcum's girlfriend was also in his car at the time of the crash. She was injured and taken to the hospital.


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