Tennessee patient leads police on chase in stolen car

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- A Tennessee man who is a patient at a nursing home in Virginia has been arrested after police say he stole a car with a child inside and led police on a chase that reached 100 miles per hour.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office in Virginia said 47-year-old Steven K. Thornburg of Chuckey, Tenn., has been charged with grand larceny, abduction and eluding law enforcement.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports that police said a 9-year-old boy was inside a car that was stolen from outside the Greendale Home for the Aged on Sunday.

Authorities say the patient dropped the boy off and then led police in a chase on Interstate 81 that ended in Tennessee. Thornburg is being held in the Sullivan County, Tenn., jail and is awaiting extradition to Virginia.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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