45-mile police chase ends in crash on Lexington street
UPDATE: The suspect in this case has been charged with murder. See the latest update here.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman in a stolen utility truck led police on a 45-mile pursuit through two Central Kentucky counties Friday morning.
The woman jumped into the running truck at the BP gas station on Athens-Boonsboro Road and took off around 9 a.m., state police say.
Officers from Richmond Police Department spotted the truck near exit 90 and tried to pull over the Ford F-450 truck, state police say. The truck didn’t stop and officers started a pursuit and called for backup.
More than five law enforcement agencies joined the pursuit through Madison and Fayette County. Officers deployed multiple spike strips throughout the pursuit, police tell ABC 36 News.
According to state police, the tires popped on the truck, but the woman kept driving on the rims of the truck for about 25 miles. The woman continued northbound on I-75 to Exit 115, Newtown Pike, with four flat rear tires.
The pursuit continued onto Lexington Streets, and police say she turned onto Manchester Road, to Old Frankfort Pike, then turned onto Alexandria Drive.
From Alexandria Drive she turned right onto Leestown Road into the oncoming traffic lanes, state police say.
On Leestown Road, troopers used a technique called a “rolling road block” to try and stop the truck.
While troopers were trying to stop her, she rear-ended the back of a state police cruiser and finally came to a stop.
According to state police, troopers removed her from the truck and she was arrested.
State police have not yet identified the driver, but say she has been charged with Wanton Endangerment, Aggravated DUI, Robbery, Fleeing or Evading Police and Criminal Mischief.