RICHMOND — By late Friday afternoon, Richmond Police had called off the search for a man who led officers on a chase about midday.
Chief Larry Brock said the man, who was stopped by officers for walking along Interstate 75 near Exit 87, was wanted on a Boone County warrant for a misdemeanor.
Brock said the search, which included deputies from the Madison County Sheriff's department and the K-9 unit from the Berea Police Department, was called off due to the nature of the man's charges, saying the resources being used outweighed the offense.
Brock declined to identify the man or give a description because no arrest had been made.
Shorly before noon, an officer saw the man and stopped to tell him he couldn’t walk on the interstate, according to Chief Larry Brock.
As the officer was checking his ID, the man ran away toward Richmond Centre. The officer pursued him on foot.
The man ran behind Jack’s BP gas station and then into the Logan’s restaurant parking lot, according to Bobby Bowen, who said he witnessed the chase.
The man hopped over a fence and ran across the interstate onto Leighway Drive, but then crossed back over I-75 toward Richmond Centre, Bowen said.
At that point, Bowen, who was driving a van, saw the lone officer chasing the man and followed him behind Hastings.
“Something just spoke to me,” Bowen said. “It said 'you might need to get involved.'”
He blocked the man in with his van and got out to apprehend him.
The man then jumped off a 15-foot drop behind Hastings and ran toward a nearby barn.
At that point, local law enforcement officers converged on the scene, and the K-9 unit from the Berea Police Department was brought in to track the man.
Scanner traffic during the pursuit indicated the man took off his red shirt and may have injured his leg when he jumped off the small cliff.
Richmond police and Madison County sheriff’s deputies tracked him into a wooded area, but he was last seen entering the area near Brookline subdivision, according to scanner traffic.