Man, 18, in critical condition after high-speed crash in Franklin County

jwarren@herald-leader.comDecember 18, 2013 

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An 18-year-old man was in critical condition early Wednesday after a high-speed crash in Franklin County.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said the man was driving more than 100 mph about 1:30 a.m., just moments before the Kia ran off Old Owenton Road north of Frankfort.

Melton said a deputy had been doing paperwork in his cruiser, parked alongside Ky. 127, when the car passed him. The deputy turned on his blue lights and gave chase.

The sheriff said the fleeing car turned onto Steele Branch Road, where the driver lost control and drove into a yard. Instead of stopping, the driver raced away again, turning onto Old Owenton Road, Melton said.

At that point, the deputy stopped chasing the car, which then crashed farther down the road. The pursuit covered a little more than three miles, Melton said.

The driver was treated at a Frankfort hospital then was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, the sheriff's department said.

"The deputy used very good judgment in stopping the pursuit when he did," Melton said. "The whole thing is just tragic."

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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