Indictments include stolen vehicle pursuit

Published 10:19 am Friday, August 10, 2018

A Winchester man was indicted for felony theft and fleeing or evading police charges Thursday from an incident in July.

The indictment charges 28-year-old Keontez Hazley with theft by unlawful taking (auto), first-degree fleeing or evading police and driving on a suspended operator’s license.

According to Winchester Police, Hazley took a Toyota Highlander, which was left running and unlocked at Speedway on Lexington Avenue, around 5 a.m. July 3.

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Officers pursued the vehicle onto Interstate 64 and into Fayette County before it stopped on Newtown Pike. The driver then got out of the vehicle and ran from officers. He was later captured and arrested by police.

According to court documents, Hazley admitted to stealing the vehicle and running from officers.

The following indictments were also returned Thursday by the Clark County grand jury.

— Jeffrey H. Thornberry, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

— Leon Ratliff, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Christopher Bell, theft by unlawful taking.

— Clayton D. Hicks, second-degree escape, first-degree persistent felony offender.

— Robert Kenneth Washburn, second-degree escape, first-degree persistent felony offender.

— Eric S. Johnson, flagrant non-support, first-degree persistent felony offender.

The following case was dismissed by the grand jury.

— Dominic Vancleve, third-degree assault.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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