Bowling Green man accused of car jacking, multiple other felonies

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Bowling Green man is accused of car jacking another person Friday evening, running from the police and endangering the lives of multiple people.

While a police officer was on the scene of a wreck in the 1200 block of the U.S. 31-W By-Pass Friday evening, the officer saw a silver Kia Soul hit his police cruiser which was parked next to a Bowling Green Fire Department fire engine occupied by three firefighters and near a police sergeant, according to an arrest citation.

Following the collision, the officer saw a man run from the vehicle. The officer told the man to stop but instead he entered the back parking lot of Southern Heritage and entered an occupied black Dodge Ram. The man pushed the driver from the Dodge before the officer reached the vehicle. When the officer got there, he drew his gun and ordered the person out of the truck but the car jacker took off while two police officers were in close proximity to the truck, according to the citation.

The police officer returned to his cruiser which was disabled after the Kia hit it. Two people stopped at the scene. One person said the Kia struck his car in front of Arby’s and then rear ended another car before taking off and hitting the police cruiser.

Police received multiple calls about the stolen Dodge driving dangerously. The owner of the Dodge said her cell phone was inside of the vehicle. Police tracked the phone to the 3200 block of Silvercreek Avenue where the Dodge and the man accused of car jacking it were located.

Police identified the man as Michael Baker, 28, according to his arrest citation. Prior to police finding him, police said Baker assaulted a pedestrian in the area.

Baker is charged with first-degree robbery, nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of first-degree felling police on foot, one count of first-degree fleeing police in a motor vehicle, five counts of first-degree criminal mischief, one count of theft by unlawful taking contents from a vehicle, four counts of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of reckless driving.

Baker was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail. His bond was set Monday at $10,000 cash.