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Police chase man through 3 counties

A Lexington man driving a semi-truck that was reported stolen Friday led police on a chase through three counties Saturday after he assaulted the police officer who tried to stop him on Interstate 64 in Woodford County, Versailles police said.

Versailles police stopped Charles Houston, 48, about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on I-64 eastbound in Versailles after receiving a reckless driving complaint, said Officer Pat Melton of the Versailles Police Department. Houston was driving the truck about 20 mph in the passing lane when police found the vehicle.

Houston got out of the truck and tried to push the officer into traffic, Melton said. He then reached into the truck, while standing on a side rail, and repeated, "I've got something for you," to the officer, Melton said.

The officer deployed her Taser, but Houston fled in the vehicle.

The pursuit lasted about 42 miles — through Woodford, Scott and Fayette counties — before Lexington police stopped Houston near Eastern State Hospital.

Houston is being held at the Woodford County Jail. He's charged with receiving stolen property, no operator's license, fleeing and evading, resisting arrest, reckless driving and third-degree assault.