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.

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


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