LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The man police say ran from the scene of a deadly crash and then held police in a nearly five-hour standoff now faces additional charges, including wanton murder.
Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton says deputies were chasing Keenan McLaughlin, 22, into Lexington on Tuesday night. Then the sheriff says he hit another car head-on, killing Luis Gonzalez, 62, of Georgetown and seriously injuring another person who rushed into surgery at UK Hospital that night.
Sheriff Hampton says he then ran from the scene of that accident. Police eventually tracked him to a home on East Second Street in Lexington. After a standoff that lasted five hours, he was finally taken into custody.
The Scott County Sheriff's Department says they were conducting a drug investigation on McLaughlin and another man, Gregory Baker, when he originally took off. Baker is booked in the Scott County Detention Center charged with drug trafficking.
McLaughlin is charged with trafficking heroin and fleeing and evading police in Scott County. But Lexington Police also charged him with wanton murder, assault, and failure to render aid at the scene of an accident. Those charges came about Thursday evening in connection to the deadly crash.
McLaughlin not only answered to charges from Tuesday night but also several past offenses dating back to June. That's because records indicate that this is not McLaughlin's first time to run from police. A filed warrant states that he attempted to sell a stolen Mercedes last summer and fled then in another car. And police say that car rolled into a Transylvania University police cruiser and had drug paraphernalia and a gun in it.
Records also indicate that McLaughlin has an extensive criminal past in Fayette County, including assault, criminal mischief, burglary, and criminal trespassing charges dating back to 2011.
WKYT's Jerrika Insco also found out through records that McLaughlin is a Florida native with an extensive criminal past with drugs there as well. But this recent case could be his worst charges yet.
McLaughlin will appear in court next on January 24 for a preliminary hearing. His bond is set at $29,100.