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Lexington teen leads police on 100 mph chase

A Lexington man faces multiple charges after police say he led them on a high speed chase exceeding 100 mph in a neighborhood early Tuesday.

A Lexington police officer patrolling Man o' War Boulevard said in Fayette District Court documents that at 1:41 a.m. he saw Benjamin Gardner, 18, drive off the southbound I-75 exit ramp and turn left onto Man o' War without slowing down.

Gardner's vehicle slid around the corner, and Gardner sped up when the officer tried to pull him over.

The officer said Gardner turned onto Polo Club Boulevard and continued to speed up while crossing the median twice, veering into oncoming traffic and driving into the front yards of several homes. Gardner "hit several mailboxes, trees, landscaping items and a light pole" in the process, causing more than $1,000 in damage, the documents state.

Gardner faces charges of wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, reckless driving, driving under the influence, criminal mischief, failure to maintain insurance and disregarding a stop sign.

Police said he told them he had been "drinking and smoking marijuana all day," according to the documents.

Gardner, who pleaded not guilty, was being held Tuesday night in the Fayette County Detention Center on $15,000 full cash bond.

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