Police pursuit from Shelby County to Lexington ends in fiery crash, pedestrian hit

Kentucky State Police are charging a driver involved in a multi-county chase with murder after they say he crashed a stolen truck, killing a homeless man.

FRANKLIN CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky State Police has charged the driver in a multi-county chase with murder after they say he crashed a stolen truck, causing the death of a homeless man.

The driver was identified as 38-year-old Nathaniel Harper of Willisburg, Ky.

Police say the pursuit began on I-64 E, in Shelby County, around 2 a.m. Deputies attempted to pull a 2003, black Dodge truck over when they realized it was stolen. The chase went through Franklin County where spike strips were laid out, flattening the truck's front two tires.  Even then, police say Harper continued into Lexington, taking the Newtown Pike exit where he crashed and flipped the car, hitting a homeless man sleeping nearby. That man died at the scene.

Officers managed to get Harper out of the burning car and arrest him. He was treated at UK Hospital before he was booked in jail on murder, theft, fleeing police, and wanton endangerment. KSP says other charges are pending. 

The identity of the deceased will be released after notification of next of kin. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

 

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