Crime

Lexington man pleads not guilty to shooting his wife, speeding from police

A Lexington man pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court Tuesday to charges he shot his wife and ran away while he was drunk.

Thomas Dwayne Ingram is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and drugs, no operators moped license, speeding, disregarding a traffic light and second-degree assault.

According to court documents, Ingram shot his wife in the leg while he was drunk and fled in a vehicle. Police caught up with Ingram on New Circle Road, but he sped past a police officer going 75 mph in a 45 mph zone. Once Ingram noticed the patrol car behind him, he ran a red left-turn arrow before stopping on Industry Road, the documents said.

Ingram got out of the car and started screaming. He admitted to police that he had shot his wife, drunk alcohol and smoked "some type of drug," the documents said.

Ingram was being held in the Fayette County jail on a $18,210 bond. He's scheduled to be in court Sept. 17 for a preliminary hearing. If released, Ingram is not allowed to have contact with his wife.

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