A 14-mile chase along several major Lexington streets ended in the arrest of a Texas fugitive early Wednesday morning, Kentucky State Police said.
Eddie Perez, 19, of Dallas is being held in the Fayette County jail. He waived an extradition hearing Wednesday afternoon in Fayette District Court, clearing the way for Texas authorities to take custody of him.
Perez is wanted in Texas for a probation violation involving theft, state police said.
Perez pleaded not guilty to several Lexington charges related to the chase, including two counts of wanton endangerment; speeding; failure to stop; reckless driving; and disregarding stop signs and other traffic control devices.
Fayette District Judge Julie Muth Goodman scheduled a preliminary hearing for April 17 on those charges, and she directed that the public defender's office represent Perez.
The chase began about 12:33 a.m. Wednesday, when a trooper tried to stop a blue 2000 Mitsubishi on Main Street for minor traffic violations, officers said.
Perez, who was driving the car, refused to stop and led police on the chase that eventually ended near Liberty and New Circle roads, state police said. After Perez stopped, police determined that he was wanted in Texas, troopers said.
Lexington police assisted in the arrest.