Jan 16, 2014 5:39 AM
The man accused of causing a fatal accident and then engaging in a standoff with police for several hours also faces charges for a previous run-in with police in Lexington.
Police say Scott County deputies tried to arrest Keenan McLaughlin, 22, on drug charges when he took off Tuesday night. As he fled, he crossed into Fayette County and collided head-on with a car on Georgetown Road. Luis Gonzales, 62, died in the crash and another man suffered injuries.
McLaughlin ran from the scene, and police later tracked him down at a house along Second Street. After a standoff that lasted several hours, police entered the home and took McLaughlin into custody.
Court documents indicate McLaughlin had a run-in with Lexington police over the summer. Police say he tried to sell a stolen Mercedes to a car lot, then bailed out of another car when an officer tried to stop him and ran away. That car rolled into a Transylvania University police cruiser. Officers say they found drug paraphernalia and a gun in the back seat.
Records indicate McLaughlin also has an extensive criminal history in Florida.
Currently, McLaughlin faces a charge of trafficking heroin, along with nine additional charges from that run-in last summer. Police have not released information on possible charges stemming from the crash and standoff.
McLaughlin is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.