Man arrested in high-speed chase, crawling in hospital ceiling - WSMV News 4

Man arrested after high-speed chase, crawling in hospital ceiling

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Charles Timothy Lawrence Jr. Charles Timothy Lawrence Jr.

A man who launched a high-speed chase with police Tuesday night was captured and taken to the hospital, but that's just the beginning of the story.

Charles Timothy Lawrence Jr. is accused of giving Metro police one heck of a night.

What started with a pursuit and drug bust on Interstate 40 ended with a game of hide-and-seek.

First, Lawrence is accused of fleeing from officers along westbound I-40 from Stewarts Ferry Pike to Briley Parkway. At one point, police said, Lawrence was driving 120 mph.

Once caught, Lawrence allegedly admitted to drinking, and police then confiscated pills from his pockets. But that was not before he attempted to take the pills back and crush them, police said.

Finally, he was placed in handcuffs and transported to General Hospital for a blood test. There, he asked to use the bathroom.

All of a sudden, officers reported hearing a strange noise from above.

Lawrence had crawled into the ceiling and refused to come down, police said. Every time they reached for him, the man inched a little farther away.

"With the conditions that my baby is in, yeah, that's real dangerous," said Dee Dee Downs, whose son is a patient at General Hospital. "He could have been crawling all up in there and, you know, crushed my baby."

Eventually, police managed to catch Lawrence for good. They got him out of the ceiling and into jail, where he's facing charges for tampering with evidence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, escape and resisting arrest.

And it is not the first time Metro police have had to deal with Lawrence. His extensive prior record includes arrests for DUI, assault, evading arrest, theft, criminal impersonation, illegal drug and weapon possession and leaving the scene of an accident.

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