Lexington police looking for driver accused of fleeing, almost hitting officers with car


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police released video of a man who fled from officers back in August, nearly striking them with a car in the process.

Investigator say attempts to identity the driver have so far been unsuccessful. They recently released video of the incident from the officers’ body-worn cameras in an effort to find new leads.

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On the morning of August 25, officers were dispatched to a gas station on Georgetown Road for a report of two people possibly asleep or unconscious in a running vehicle. Police say officers found a male driver and female passenger inside. Officers say the driver provided a false name and identification number. Officers say as they approached the vehicle a second time, the driver restarted the vehicle and fled the area, almost hitting them.

After a short chase, officers say they located the car crashed into a utility pole on Ash Street. The driver wasn’t there. The female passenger, who was the registered owner of the vehicle, remained on scene but could not provide information about the driver.

Authorities asks anyone with information about this investigation to contact Lexington Police. Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020, or through their website.

To watch the body cam video, click here.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.