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GREENUP, Ky. (AP) — Ohio officers shot and wounded a suspect during a vehicle pursuit early Wednesday that ended in northeastern Kentucky, police said.

The pursuit began in Scioto County, Ohio, when the Ohio Highway Patrol attempted a traffic stop due to an obstructed registration plate and the driver fled, Kentucky State Police said in a statement.

Shots were fired twice from the fleeing vehicle at the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Portsmouth Police Department, which was assisting in the pursuit, police said. Portsmouth, Ohio, police returned fire, wounding the driver as the pursuit on U.S. 23 crossed into Kentucky, the statement said. The pursuit ended in Greenup County when Portsmouth officers performed an intervention maneuver and the driver and a passenger were taken into custody.

The driver, Amanda Ann Cochran, 31, of Ironton, Ohio, had three active warrants and was airlifted from the scene and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.

The passenger, John Clifton Thomas Knotts, 34, of Pedro, Ohio, was taken to a Kentucky jail on multiple charges including trafficking in heroin, meth and marijuana; possession of heroin and meth; and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, police said.

It was not immediately clear whether either suspect had an attorney who could comment.


This story has been corrected to show that the pursuit began in Scioto County, not Sciota County.

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