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A call of possible shots fired at local Pineville Ky. restaurant nets two people after police chase

Updated: May 7, 2023

From WRIL -

We are following a reported vehicle pursuit in Bell County that began at a local Pineville restaurant after a call of possible shots fired and the suspects fleeing the scene in an SUV. Responding to the call was Bell Deputies Austin Poindexter and Samson Churchwell along with Pineville Officer Patrick Brooks.

After making initial contact with the vehicle in front of La Esperanza on Kentucky Avenue, encountering an odor of Marijuana, and then asking for identification, the driver fled the area at a high rate of speed.

The officers caught up to the vehicle in the Wallsend community pursuing the SUV down Martin Green Straight onto KY 3085 then traveling onto Highway 92. From there, the vehicle turned back around making its way toward Highway 25E only to turn into the Lone Jack School entrance with law enforcement close behind.

The driver of the SUV crashed through the security gates at the driveway to the school and then through the fence of the facility crashing down an embankment, effectively ending the chase. The two occupants, male and female, attempted to run from the scene and after a short foot chase, were apprehended.

Shortly afterward, Bell County EMS was requested to the scene, but the suspects refused medical treatment and they were taken to the Bell County Detention Center to be booked. Highway 66 Towing came and recovered the SUV.

The driver was identified as 33-year-old Kelsey Ninelsen of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Ninelsen was charged with speeding 21mph over the limit, careless driving, reckless driving, fleeing or evading police - 1st degree (motor vehicle), fleeing or evading police - 2nd degree (on foot), (3) counts of wanton endangerment - 1st degree (police officer), criminal mischief - 1st degree, disregarding stop sign, disregarding traffic control device - traffic light, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of controlled substance - 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence, and no seat belts. She was also served a fugitive warrant out of Virginia.

Passenger 24-year-old Jeffrey Simmons of Coal Township, Pennsylvania was charged with tampering with physical evidence, fleeing or evading police - 2nd degree (on foot), and alcohol intoxication in a public place - 1st and 2nd offense.

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