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Woman led UK, local police on 2-county pursuit, officials say

A Versailles woman faces multiple charges and traffic violations after a police pursuit early Thursday through two counties.

Jessica Hope Howard, 19, was charged with wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading police, driving under the influence and several traffic violations, said Maj. Joe Monroe, interim chief of University of Kentucky Police.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday, UK police tried to pull over a car driven by Howard to let her know that she had a flat tire, Monroe said. Police had attempted to stop her at Virginia Avenue and South Limestone, but the car did not stop.

UK police followed the car as it traveled about 35 mph from Fayette County to Versailles. By this time, Lexington and Versailles police had been enlisted to help in the pursuit, and Howard's car struck a Versailles police cruiser. No one was hurt, but Howard then returned to Lexington.

The car, which by this time had three flat tires, ran off the road and into a ditch about 4:30 a.m. on Parkers Mill Road in Lexington, Monroe said. Howard, who is not a UK student, was lodged in the Fayette County jail.