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Covington Officer Injured When Teen with Heroin Flees in Stolen Vehicle

Two Covington Police vehicles were deliberately rammed by a fleeing suspect late Monday, the department said Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to City Heights at around 9:30 p.m. after receiving a report that a stolen vehicle, taken in a carjacking in Cincinnati, was in the area. The 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix was located when officers arrived.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, Rashaad Nigell Smith, 18, fled in the Grand Prix and led officers on a pursuit. That's when Smith allegedly rammed two police cruisers, injuring one officer who needed medical attention. (That officer is expected to be OK and will return to duty later this week.)

Two other parked vehicles were also struck by the suspect in the pursuit. 

Finally, the pursuit ended when Smith exited the vehicle and fled on foot near Emery Drive in Peaselburg. Officers set up a perimeter in the area and captured him.

Smith is lodged in the Kenton County Detention Center where he faces charges of first degree wanton endangerment, two counts of second degree assault on a police officer, first degree possession of heroin, first degree fleeing and evading police, and receiving stolen property.

Two outstanding warrants for disorderly conduct were also served.

Further details about the car theft in Cincinnati were not immediately available. 

Smith was arraigned in Kenton District Court on Tuesday morning.

-Staff report

Photo: Rashaad Smith (via Kenton Co. Detention Center)

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