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Wild Chase! Escape in Columbia ends in capture on Caldwell Ridge

Vehicle stolen on Jamestown Street; chase ensues after vehicle spotted in Neatsville area; Christian Wheeler captured after wreck, foot chase, and returned to Adair Regional Jail; suspected of burglaries while at large.
A collaborative effort involving Columbia City Police, the Adair County Sheriff's Office, and the Kentucky State Police from KSP Post 15, Columbia, KY, landed a Knifley man back in jail a few hours after he escaped from the Adair County Courthouse during a court appearance Monday morning, February 20, 2006, at around 11:00 a.m.

Wheeler was recaptured at 1:24 p.m., 13 miles north of Columbia on Crooked Creek Road.Inmate fled the courthouse and ran down Jamestown ST

Christian Wheeler fled the courthouse and ran down Jamestown Street where he was able to steal a truck belonging to Rex Handy of Columbia, KY.

Columbia Police Officers Terry Flatt and Jason Cross obtained a description of the vehicle and Sheriff's Deputies and KSP officers spread out across the county.

Sheriff Steve Cheatham spots Wheeler on Neatsville Bridge

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., Adair County Sheriff Steve Cheatham met Wheeler on the Neatsville Brdge about 10 miles east of Columbia.

KSP Trooper Olson joins chase on Ray Miller Road

Cheatham turned and gave pursuit observing Wheeler on the Wheeler turning onto Dunnville Road and eventually making his way back to HWY 76, and then onto Ray Williams Road, where KSP Trooper Andy Olson gave chase to Caldwell Ridge and finally on to Crooked Creek Road where Wheeler wrecked and ran from the vehicle on foot.

Wheeler circled back to Caldwell Ridge and flagged down a vehicle which gave him a ride to a nearby residence.

Wheeler was taken into custody by Kentucky State Police Troopers and Adair County Sheriff's Deputies without incident.

Wheeler was transported to Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia for treatment of possible injuries.

Wheeler lodged in Adair County Regional Jail again

He was later lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

The Sheriff's Office suspects that while on the run, in the short interim between the escape and the chase, Wheeler may be responsible for burglarizing two residences on Eastridge Cemetery Road.

Several guns, some jewelry recovered from wrecked vehicle

Several guns and some jewelry were recovered from the wrecked vehicle.

Christian Wheeler, 31, was charged with fleeing and evading 1st, possession of handguns by a convicted felon, operating on suspended operator's license, reckless driving, speeding, too fast forconditions, no seatbelt, driving side to side, abandonment of vehicle on pulbic road, failure to signal. He was also charged with two counts of escape and two counts of fleeling and evading by the Columbia Police Department, and by the Adair County Sheriff's Office (SO) with theft of a motor vehicle.
Story by Adair County Sheriff's Office and with added information from the Kentucky State Police , Post 15, Columbia, KY

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