A driver had to be extricated Tuesday morning and five people were arrested after a stolen SUV collided with a van on North Broadway, Lexington police said.
The SUV — a Jeep — and a Kentucky Utilities van collided about 9:30 a.m. at North Broadway and West Seventh Street. The van’s driver had to be extricated from the wreckage. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.
Immediately after the crash, the five people who were in the Jeep tried to run from police, Lt. Andrew Daugherty said. One was injured in the crash and made it only about 20 feet before being arrested.
The other four were rounded up by Fayette County sheriff’s deputies on nearby Morrison Avenue, Daugherty said. Each of the five has been charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 and first-degree fleeing and evading, according to the sheriff’s office.
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The two adults charged are Marlon Griffin Jr., 18, and Gyieer Walker, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The other three people in the Jeep were juveniles.
Four of the people from the Jeep were taken to a hospital, according to the fire department. None had life-threatening injuries.
Shortly before the crash, a sheriff’s deputy noticed the Jeep near the Coolavin Apartments, Daugherty said. The deputy checked the vehicle’s registration and found that it had been reported stolen.
The deputy tried to pull the Jeep over but stopped the pursuit when the driver sped up and refused to stop, Daugherty said. The Jeep’s driver continued to drive recklessly, and the deputy followed from a safe distance until the crash occurred.