Driver charged in Covington police chase, crash that caused serious injuries

Man arrested, injured after leading police on chase in Covington

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A man faces multiple charges after allegedly leading Covington police on a chase that resulted in a crash and left one victim seriously injured, according to court documents.

Thomas Bedford admitted to officers he was the driver in the chase and told them he was “high as hell” after ingesting four doses of fentanyl, the court documents say.

Authorities say the Nov. 5 chase started on 18th Street and Woodburn Avenue when officers tried to pull the car over for a traffic stop.

Police called the chase off after the car went through multiple stop signs and drove the wrong way on a one-way street. It continued to speed and crashed in the 1400 block of Holman Street, according to the Covington Police Department.

Kenton County police took over the investigation at the request of Covington PD because Covington police officers were involved in the chase.

“The same vehicle side-swiped a vehicle attempting to pass and then struck a parked car, then overturned,” Kenton County Police Sgt. Aaron Schihl said. "All three occupants in that same vehicle were injured and ultimately taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities say Bedford and a passenger were released from the hospital, but the third passenger remains hospitalized as of Monday.

That passenger sustained life-threatening injuries, including a possible brain bleed, and could require long-term care, according to court documents.

Bedford is charged with assault, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, fleeing/evading police and operating under the influence.

Schihl says the passengers in the car will not be charged.

Thomas Bedford
Thomas Bedford (Source: Hamilton County Justice Center)

Bedford is currently at the Hamilton County Justice Center because he was treated at a Hamilton County hospital. Authorities say they will seek his extradition to Kenton County soon.

Officers also want to speak with whoever was driving an older model gold Toyota Camry that was near the scene. If you are that person or know them, you’re asked to call the Kenton County Police Department at 859-392-1940 and ask for Sgt. Schihl.

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