Lexington man jailed after high-speed chase

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Speeds up to 100 miles per hour in 16-mile pursuit

By Lisa King

A high-speed chase Thursday night that began in Shelby and ended in Franklin County had all the makings of an action movie, complete with dozens of patrol cars racing along I-64 at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, spikes on the road and a Tasing.

After pursuing German Lopez Gonzalez, 34, of Lexington for 16 miles, from mile marker 32 to marker 48, two miles into Franklin County, police were able to stop Gonzalez by putting spikes on the road to deflate his tires, said KSP trooper Hunter Martin, the arresting officer.

Martin, the officer in the most direct pursuit, said stopping Gonzalez took a team effort.

“Troopers from all seven counties [in Post 12] responded, and got ahead of me and took care of it. That [spikes] basically ended it.”

That may have ended the 11-minute chase, but Gonzalez still did not want to cooperate with police as they were trying to place him under arrest, Hunter said.

“He kept reaching into his waistband and he ended up getting Tased,” he said.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Kendra Wilson said the chase began at 5:45 p.m. after two KSP units tried to pull Gonzalez over after responding to 911 calls from other drivers of someone driving a black Chevy Trail Blazer recklessly in the vicinity of Exit 32.

Police agencies in Shelby and Franklin counties assisted KSP in the pursuit.

Gonzalez is charged with DUI, speeding, fleeing and evading police, resisting arrest, no operator’s license, no insurance and having an open alcoholic beverage container in his vehicle.

Gonzalez is under an ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) detainer.