UPDATE: Police identify suspects in police chase that ended on Dixie Highway
Louisville Metro Police have identified two suspects they say were inside a vehicle that drove away from a traffic stop Thursday morning.
NOTE: There have been questions as to the correct identity of the male suspect in this case. A family member confirms that the name of the suspect in this case is Lorenzo Draper.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have identified two suspects they say were inside a vehicle that drove away from a traffic stop Thursday morning.
According to arrest reports and Louisville Metro Corrections, those suspects have been identified as Lorenzo Draper and 23-year-old Haele Newton.
Police say that on Thursday, just after 11:20 a.m., an officer saw a black Chrysler ignore a stop sign at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Henry Avenue.
According to an arrest report and Louisville Metro Corrections, that car was being driven by Draper, and Newton was a passenger inside.
Police say that when they stopped the vehicle -- and Draper opened the driver's side door -- an officer say several syringes and small plastic bags inside. At that point, police asked Draper to get out of the car.
Instead, he allegedly started to drive away, with the officer partially inside the vehicle, trying to stop him.
The officer pulled away, and Draper allegedly hit the officer with the car as he escaped.
Police say they chased the vehicle for about 15 minutes, with Draper weaving in between traffic, driving at speeds in excess of 100 mph and ignoring traffic control devices. Police pursued Draper on the Watterson Expressway, the Shawnee Expressway, Dixie Highway and several side streets before the chase ended on Matheis Avenue, just west of Dixie Highway in Shively.
Both Draper and Newton were taken into custody. Police say both suspects had to be pulled from the car and Draper kicked an officer four times in the legs in the process.
According to arrest reports, police recovered approximately 100 syringes from the car (some of which contained residue believed to be heroin), as well as several containers of pills, including Xanax. Police say they also found a combination printer/scanner device, along with a $10 bill and several counterfeit prints of the bill.
Draper's license was suspended, according to police, and the vehicle had been reported stolen out of New Albany.
Draper has been charged with second degree assault, third degree assault, fleeing or evading police, receipt of stolen property, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident or failure to render aid or assistance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, criminal possession of a forged instrument, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license, driving without a license, disregarding a stop sign and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).
Newton has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a forged instrument, receipt of stolen property and resisting arrest.
Both are currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
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