What started as a routine traffic violation sent law enforcement agencies in two states on a pursuit early Wednesday morning.
One suspect is in custody and another has been hospitalized. No injuries to police officers have been reported. One of the suspects was injured, but the injuries are not life-threatening.
The pursuit started when Ohio Highway Patrol attempted to pull over a vehicle on U.S. 23 in Scioto County, Ohio, for an illegible and obstructed registration plate. The routine traffic stop was attempted at 12:52 a.m.
Before the troopers fully approached the vehicle, the driver fled the scene. They noted a female driver and male passenger before the OSHP initiated a pursuit of the vehicle, at which time shots were fired from the fleeing vehicle, according to the release.
Portsmouth P.D. told the Daily Times when on 23, near Kinneys Lane, the fleeing vehicle swerved toward an officer on the side of the road but was already being chased by three cruisers.
OSHP confirmed later, no officers or Patrol vehicles were struck during the 15-minute chase. Two P.D. vehicles were damaged at the end of the pursuit.
During the pursuit, the suspects crossed state lines into Kentucky by use of the Grant Bridge and the pursuit continued along U.S. 23 with the Kentucky State Police.
The suspects fired shots again at officers with the Portsmouth Police Department, who were assisting with the pursuit. After clearance, Portsmouth PD returned fire, injuring the driver and striking the vehicle multiple times. The pursuit concluded when Portsmouth PD performed a legal-intervention maneuver on U.S. 23, at which time the driver and passenger were taken into custody without further incident.
According to KSP, Amanda Ann Cochran, 31 of Ironton, was airlifted from the scene, and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Cochran had three active warrants through Kentucky and Ohio.
The passenger, John Clifton Thomas Knotts, 34 of Pedro, Ohio, is lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center. He is charged with two counts of convicted felon in possession of a handgun, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine, importing heroin, trafficking in heroin, first-degree possession of heroin, first-degree trafficking in marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The incident remains under investigation by KSP and OSHP.
Reach Adam Black at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1927
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