Multi-state chase of kitten-filled car ends in Tennessee

Kittens recovered safely after law enforcement says a man stole a vehicle and crossed state lines / Source: WTVF

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/WTVF) -- A multi-state search for a stolen vehicle filled with cats began in Missouri and ended in Tennessee.

CBS affiliate WTVF reported that the Lyon County Sheriff's Office said a man identified as 19-year-old James A. Pitts stole a white BMW in Lees Summit, Missouri at a rest area off the interstate.

Investigators said a woman was with Pitts, but she was dropped off somewhere in Missouri or Illinois.

WTVF reported Pitts led Illinois State Police on a chase near the I-57 and I-25 interchange and evaded police.

Around 11:15 a.m., Kentucky State Police said they saw the stolen vehicle on I-24 in Lyon County. Officials attempted to pull it over, but said Pitts drove off and crossed into Montgomery County, Tennessee.

Investigators said he crashed the car in south Clarksville on the side of the I-24 exit and ran into the woods. He was not caught.

WTVF reported the kittens and their mother are okay and are in the care of animal control until their owner can pick them up.

Pitts is wanted for operating and possessing a stolen vehicle. WTVF reported he is also wanted in Centerville, Tennessee on unknown charges.

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