LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County Coroner's Office has released the identity of a man killed in a crash following a police chase Monday night.
The coroner says the victim is Luis Gonzalez, 62, of Georgetown.
Investigators say the chase that led to the deadly crash and standoff with a suspect all began as an undercover drug investigation.
Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton addressed the media Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Hampton says his deputies were working with state police on a drug investigation on Lisle Road Tuesday night. The sheriff says they arrested Gregory Baker, 18, on heroin charges, and he's now in the Scott County Detention Center. A second suspect, identified by Lexington Police as Keenan McLaughlin, 22, took off from the scene.
Sheriff Hampton says his deputies tried to perform a traffic stop, but the suspect kept going.
"The deputy did notify dispatch to notify Lexington Metro that a vehicle was fleeing into their county from us," said Sheriff Hampton. "This all happened in a time span of one and half to two minutes. That's how fast this happened."
Sheriff's deputies chased the suspect into Fayette County on U.S. 25, where investigators say McLaughlin hit another car head-on near Berea Road, killing one person and seriously injuring a second.
Police tell us at that point is when McLaughlin was able to escape the scene. He ended up at a home on East 2nd Street near downtown Lexington, and police arrested him Wednesday morning after a five-hour standoff.
Toni Crump lives next to the home at the center of the standoff and heard police trying to make contact with the suspect inside the home. "They were trying to figure out if he was hurt or when to proceed. They didn't hear anything for awhile. But they were all armed and ready, they were on standby," said Crump.
As of Wednesday afternoon, McLaughlin was charged with trafficking heroin and fleeing and evading police in Scott County, but Lexington Police tell us he will face charges connected to the deadly crash.
WKYT's Jerrika Insco also did some digging and found that McLaughlin has an extensive criminal past, including assault, criminal mischief, burglary, and criminal trespassing charges dating back to 2011.
A release from the Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says Gonzalez died of multiple blunt force injuries. A second person in the car was taken to UK Hospital for surgery. We do not know if Gonzalez was the driver or a passenger.
Georgetown Road was closed for several hours overnight as police and reconstruction crews worked the accident scene. Police re-opened the roadway around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday.