High-speed chase ends in crash, three injured

Road Crash

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police say a high-speed chase through three counties ended in a crash that injured three people, including the suspect.

State Police say they received a call for assistance from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Dispatchers advised Troopers that units were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle from Laurel County.

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Investigators say the 2003 GMC Sierra was stolen from Yaden’s Auto Sales in London. It was spotted southbound on US 25E in Corbin by a Knox County deputy.

The deputy says he activated his lights and siren and tried to pull the driver over, but the driver wouldn’t stop.

The ensuing pursuit continued through Knox and Bell counties on 25E. Troopers say the suspect was driving recklessly with speeds exceeding 90-miles per hour.

The pursuit continued into Pineville. As the suspect vehicle near the intersection of US 25E and US 119, the driver crossed over into the turn lane, according to KSP.

Investigators say the suspect’s vehicle hit a 2010 Honda Accord driven by Leslie Cornett, of Harlan. The impact caused the Honda to hit the rear of a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Kelly Craig, of Coldiron, according to State Police.

The suspect vehicle then continued into the oncoming traffic in the northbound lane of US 25E and hit a 2016 Nissan Frontier, head-on, driven by Dennis Smith, of Middlesboro, according to State Police.

Investigators say the suspect’s vehicle finally came to a stop in the middle of US 25E.

State Police say the suspect, Thomas Honeycutt, of Strunk, was airlifted from Pineville Community Hospital to another medical facility. Dennis Smith was also airlifted from the hospital to another medical facility for treatment. No word on Honeycutt’s or Smith’s conditions, according to KSP.

Leslie Cornett was taken to Pineville Community Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Investigators say Honeycutt will face numerous charges, including assault and fleeing and evading.

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