High Speed Chase Through Four Counties

A police chase spans four counties. It all began in Lexington.

Police say they received a call about a robbery in the Devonshire Trailer Park. The people inside said that two men robbed them. One of the suspects was armed with a knife, the other with a box-cutter. Police say they also stole a green Mazda.

A police officer working overnight spotted the stolen car around 3:45 am and tried to pull over the car. The driver wouldn't stop. Police lost sight of the car around Old Frankfort Pike.

Lexington Police notified officers in Versailles. Officers there spotted the car, and a chase ensued.

That chase went down US 60, through Fayette, Woodford, Franklin, and Shelby Counties. The chase reached speeds of 115 miles per hour. Police officers were able to stop the car near Simpsonville by using stop-sticks.

After the tires on the car were punctured, the driver pulled over and surrendered to police.

Police arrested the driver, 39-year-old Douglas Becksted II, and charged him with Fleeing and Evading Police 1st, DUI with aggravating circumstances and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license. He's being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail.

The passenger in the car, Steven Ritchie, was arrested and brought back to Lexington for questioning. He was charged with first degree robbery.


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  • by Rex Location: Addison Ave. on Dec 7, 2007 at 10:22 PM
    To the family member, if you know there is narcotics activity in your hood and you do not report it you are part of the problem. You need to drop-dime. To Tonya, There is no good reason to commit a robbery, steal a car and lead police on a chase. If these two WANT to beat addiction they can, but the key word is want.
  • by Tonya Location: Lexington, Kentucky on Dec 7, 2007 at 09:11 AM
    I don’t think that anyone should be judging these guys! This is a stressful time of the year for everyone. And as for the comment below…… people only write things like this because they are not happy with themselves and most of the time are just plain old nosey Nellie’s. I really wish the best for both Dougie and Stevie and hope that they can overcome their addictions. They have always been good to me and my family. I am sure there is a good reason for the trouble that they may have caused. I will always call them a friend.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2007 at 08:35 PM
    I happen to be a family member of one of those crackheads and the entire family are not crackheads if you knew anything about us you would know that anonymous 1. You've probably lived in this neighborhood for a couple of years we've been here all our lives. I'm sure you have your vices too. You need to open your eyes to the real problems because when these crackheads are gone this neighborhood still has the dealers.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 6, 2007 at 08:07 PM
    115 mph in a Mazda? Wow!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    this is not the first time this crack heads have been into,it's a never ending story with the whole families of both crack heads, but they all ways are put back on the streets of lex ky.need to be put away for life.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    I know these idiots. I wish they would just grow up. It's people like these that make our neighborhood unsafe and junky.

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