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High-speed chase leads to smashed bike, tickets

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Motorcyclist, bike end up in used car parking lot

By Ben Carlson

A motorcyclist who led police on a high-speed chase through Lawrenceburg on Saturday night can add a host of charges to his bumps, bruises and the damages his bike received when it ended up smushed under the front end of two cars on North Main.
Nicholas Reed, 22, of Harrodsburg received only minor injuries after a police cruiser chasing him on Ballard Street struck the rear end of his bike and sent him and his bike flying into a used car lot on the north side of the train tracks.
Acting Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins said Reed sped off when officers attempted to pull him over around 9 p.m. on US 127 Bypass. He said Reed turned right onto US 127 Business by McDonald’s and reached speeds in excess of 80 mph as he headed toward town.
Atkins said a train on North Main forced Reed to turn onto Center Street and that he backtracked toward Ballard with officer Michael Corley in pursuit.
Atkins said when he got back to North Main, Reed locked up his brakes, causing Corley’s cruiser to slam into the rear of his bike, which ended up wedged beneath two used cars for sale at the G&C car lot.
“A motorcycle stops a lot quicker than a car,” Atkins said. “He was struck in the rear by the officer and both of them ended up across the street.”
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the wreck and said in a news release that Reed had turned off his headlights in order to elude police.
The release said Reed told emergency responders that he wasn’t injured, but was transported by EMS to the University of Kentucky Medical Center as a precaution.
Atkins said Corley did not require medical attention.
Atkins said as of Monday police were still considering the charges Reed will face.
“There will be a quite a few charges,” Atkins said. “Due to his length of stay in the hospital, we are working on writing summonses.”