Sheriff: Deputies forced to fire on suspect during pursuit

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A multi-county pursuit that started in Scott County ends with shots fired and a crash.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a report of someone in a vehicle going through mailboxes on Thistle Way in Georgetown on Thursday.

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Deputies spotted the vehicle off Newtown Pike and say the driver was seen going through mail and throwing some of it out the car window.

When a deputy approached the car, he says the driver sped off, almost hitting him.

The driver then headed inbound on Newtown Pike toward Lexington.

The sheriff says other deputies responded to the area of Newtown Pike and Ironworks in Fayette County and were in the process of setting up spike strips in an attempt to end the pursuit when the suspect began driving toward the deputies.

The sheriff says the two deputies were forced to fire their weapons at the vehicle to keep the driver from hitting them.

The driver then continued toward Lexington where he crashed his vehicle into a ditch at Newtown Pike and I-75 and then ran off.

He was quickly caught by Scott County deputies.

The vehicle was hit by gunfire from the deputies but the driver, identified as 31-year-old David Williams, was not hit, according to the sheriff.

Williams is charged with theft of mail matter, tampering with evidence, reckless driving, and fleeing and evading police.

He also had outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Kentucky for engaging in organized crime and possession of forged instruments, according to the sheriff.