Officers searched for a suspect last seen fleeing on foot Tuesday near the University of Kentucky campus after an early-morning police pursuit ended in an injury accident.
An off-duty Georgetown police officer was driving in Lexington Tuesday morning when he recognized a Georgetown robbery suspect driving a stolen vehicle in downtown Lexington, the Georgetown police Facebook page said.
The officer tailed the vehicle and notified Lexington police, said Robert Swanigan, the Georgetown assistant police chief. According to WKYT, the stolen vehicle was a red Volkswagen Beetle.
The Beetle drove down a dead-end street on UK’s campus and stopped. Because of a multidepartment jurisdiction agreement between UK and some police departments, the Georgetown officer had jurisdiction on UK’s campus, Swanigan said.
The officer initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect threw his car into reverse, rammed the officer’s cruiser and escaped the street, Swanigan said. The suspect drove two blocks, ran a red light and crashed into an SUV at the intersection of South Limestone and Virginia Avenue.
According to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, the driver of the SUV and two passengers inside the Beetle had to be taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The driver of the Beetle fled on foot. He is wanted, by Georgetown Police, in connection to a Liquor Mart robbery.
Swanigan said Lexington and UK Police continue to search for him. The suspect is bald. He was wearing a black tank top and dark pants, LEX18 reported.