Winchester man pleads guilty to pursuit charges

A Winchester man charged with leading police on a two-county pursuit in a stolen vehicle pleaded guilty Thursday.

Keontez Hazley, 28, was arrested July 3 following a foot pursuit in Fayette County.

According to court records, prosecutors recommended a one-year sentence for theft by unlawful taking (auto), 364 days for second-degree fleeing or evading police and another 30 days for driving on a suspended operator’s license. The sentenced would be served together for a total of one year.

Hazley’s sentencing hearing is set for Dec. 13 in Clark Circuit Court.

Police said Hazley took a Toyota Highlander from Speedway, 1480 W. Lexington Ave., around 5 a.m. The vehicle was left running and unlocked, police said. Officers pursued the vehicle down Interstate 64 and into Fayette County.

When the pursuit reached Newtown Pike, police said the driver stopped suddenly in the road, got out and fled on foot. Hazley was later located and arrested.

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