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Man facing several charges after vehicle, foot pursuit near Fayette-Scott County line

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 05, 2024

UPDATE: July 10 at 11:30 a.m.
A man was arrested and is facing several charges after leading police on a vehicle and foot pursuit on July 5 near the Fayette and Scott County line, according to an arrest citation.

Officials report that Kahmari Williams was observed by an officer traveling at a high rate of speed on McClelland Circle in Scott County.

The citation states that Williams "made a right turn into the Amerson Orchard Apartments, traveling in a reckless manner."

After leaving the complex, the officer says he activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop. The citation states that Williams disregarded the officer and began to flee.

According to the citation, Williams then took exit 126 to I-75 southbound toward Lexington and began "weaving in and out of traffic while also passing on the right shoulder of the road, causing a hazard and danger to other motorists."

In the citation, the officer says that he observed Williams take exit 120, turn right onto Iron Works Pike, and "travel up the grass embankment and then reentered the roadway." After doing so, the officer says that Williams took a right turn in the Bluegrass Stockyards parking lot.

The citation states that after slowing down the vehicle, the officer attempted a "PIT maneuver" but was unsuccessful. The officer said that Williams then opened his door, got out of the vehicle, and fled on foot into a grass field.

Williams was seen wearing a purple hoodie and black jeans, according to the citation. The officer says he gave commands for him to stop but Williams continued to flee and entered a tree line. The citation states that the officer waited for backup to arrive before continuing the pursuit.

After several eye-witnesses told officers they observed Williams walking through a trailer park, the citation states that Air-1 located him off of Robin Road in Scott County, where he was detained.

Further investigation from KSP, showed that the vehicle had been stolen and was registered to an individual in Lexington, according to the citation.

The citation states that Williams told officers that he had taken "one Percoset, two Xanax, and two Ectasty earlier that day" and that he ran from police because "his cousin had been shot in Lexington."

Williams was taken to Georgetown Hospital for medical clearance and then transported to the Scott County Detention Center.

He is charged with the following:

  • first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle
  • first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot
  • receiving stolen property
  • possession of marijuana
  • reckless driving
  • operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a substance
  • second-degree criminal mischief
  • first-degree wanton endangerment
  • speeding 26 mph or more above the speed limit

Original Story:
Multiple agencies assisted in a pursuit Friday afternoon near the Fayette-Scott County line.

It happened in the area of Ironworks Road and Georgetown Road and ended on Robin Road.

Kentucky State Police says the situation began when a man led them on a chase. After a vehicle and foot pursuit, they were able to take that man into custody.

KSP says there is no threat to the public at this time. We are waiting to learn more details about what started the pursuit and the name of the man arrested.

This is a developing story. Stay with LEX 18 News as we learn more.