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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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