FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) A driver who police say led them on a high-speed chase north of Frankfort early Wednesday morning is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the chase ended in a crash.
The Franklin County Sheriff says a deputy he spotted a black Kia Rio speeding on Highway 127, about nine miles north of Frankfort, at about 100 miles per hour.
The deputy pursued the Kia, but eventually stopped the pursuit once the driver turned onto a rural road.
"The deputy felt that it was unsafe to continue and canceled the pursuit and about a half mile down the road found the individual had struck a tree," said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
Emergency crews were called to the scene and had to cut the driver out using the jaws of life. 18-year-old Matthew Lynn was stabilized at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, then flown to UK Hospital. Police say he has life-threatening injuries. He was first listed in critical condition, but we checked with UK Hospital, they tell us he has been upgraded to serious condition.
Melton says speed and alcohol were the primary factors in the crash. Lynn will be charged with driving on a DUI suspended license, DUI, and fleeing and evading.
"You still don't want to see anybody get hurt or anything like that," Melton said. "Ultimately we wish he would have stopped right then and there and you know, we could have got him off the road and made sure everyone was safe."