Woman shot by Lexington officer, arrested after chase identified
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A woman is in custody after a police chase ended off of Newtown Pike.
Lexington police say they were called to the 2300 block of Lonan Court at 4:15 p.m. for a domestic violence incident involving a weapon.
According to court documents, Lasielle White is accused of trying to stab a man with a kitchen knife and trying to run him over with a car before she crashed the vehicle into the residence.
Officers made contact with White, who was still in the vehicle and refused to exit. They say she backed into a police cruiser and then accelerated forward, nearly hitting two Lexington officers and a firefighter.
Police say an officer shot her in response. White then drove off, leading police on an hour-and-a-half chase through parts of Fayette and Scott counties before coming to a stop in Coldstream Park.
Police say members of the Crisis Negotiation Unit were able to make contact with the suspect, who eventually exited the vehicle.
She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
White is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder and wanton endangerment.
She appeared in court for an arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon. A not guilty plea was entered for her and her bond was set at $75,000.
White’s mother, Monica Lamptey, says she hasn’t been able to speak to White since the incident.
“I’m feeling heartbroken,” Lamptey said. “I’m devastated.”
Lamptey says White is a great mother to two children, and she has never done anything like this.
“I don’t understand it. This is not her. She’s a great person she’s a sweetheart. She’s the strong one. It’s just unbelievable,” said Lamptey.
Her family says they last spoke to her on Monday, where she was doing well, but they say she was struggling with her mental health.
“I’m hoping that she gets the help she needs because she really is a good person,” said a relative of White’s, Corcisha Jackson. “I feel like everything she’s been going through, she deserves to get the help because this is not her.”
“She’s a good person, but like I said, she’s going through a lot,” Lamptey said. “she’s not even going to remember what happened.”
The officer who shot White, now identified as Jordan Whitman, a 3-year LPD veteran, is on administrative leave as state troopers investigate the shooting.
Her next court date has been set for February 15.
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