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Suspect escaped from St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, police say

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 17:07:29-05

FORT THOMAS, Ky. -- A man arrested on suspicion of felony wanton endangerment escaped from a Northern Kentucky hospital Monday afternoon, according to police.

Walter Hundley, 43, of Lexington, ran while getting medical treatment and escaped through the back entrance of St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas.

Hundley is white, and he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, WCPO media partner Fort Thomas Matters reported.

Dayton (Kentucky) Police Chief David Halfill responded to a Shell gas station at about 11 a.m. Monday for a report of a man who was intoxicated and drinking inside his vehicle, police said.

Halfill pulled up behind Hundley's vehicle, at which point Hundley backed into the chief's vehicle so hard it knocked the cruiser out of gear, police said.

Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford said officers chased Hundley for about five minutes until he hit a van on Second Street in Dayton.

He refused medical treatment at the crash scene, police said, but the Campbell County Jail wouldn't book him and sent him to St. Elizabeth.

Police from at least six Northern Kentucky agencies are looking for Hundley. Police don't think he knows the area well because he's from Lexington.

Anyone who sees Hundley should not approach him and call 911.

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Mark Collier, publisher and editor of WCPO news partner Fort Thomas Matters, contributed to this report. Read his story here.