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UDPATE: 1 hospitalized, 1 jailed after chase, shots fired at police

Posted at 6:06 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 07:40:57-05

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — An attempted traffic stop early Wednesday morning in Ohio turned into a chase during which shots were fired from the fleeing vehicle before ending in Kentucky, officials said.

Kentucky State Police said 31-year-old Amanda Ann Cochran of Ironton, Ohio, was hospitalized and 34-year-old John Clifton Thomas Knotts of Pedro, Ohio, was jailed after the chase and gunfire.

Ohio State Police tried to pull over a vehicle about 1 a.m. on U.S. Highway 23 Sciota County, Ohio, for license plate violation, officials said. The car, allegedly driven by Cochran, sped away, police said, and "shots were fired from the fleeing vehicle."

Authorities said the vehicle crossed into Kentucky, where officers with the Portsmouth Police Department picked up the pursuit. "Shots again were fired from the vehicle at officers," KSP officials said.

Portsmouth police ended the chase with "a legal intervention maneuver" on U.S. 23, officials said.

Cochran, who police said was wanted on warrants in Kentucky and Ohio, was airlifted from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of her injuries was not disclosed.

Knotts was charged with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine, importing heroin, trafficking in heroin, first-degree possession of heroin, first-degree trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Knotts was being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.