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Woman who led police on car chase to be extradited

An Ironton woman who led police on a car chase and was shot last week is going to be extradited from West Virginia back to Ohio or Kentucky.

Amanda Ann Cochran, 31, of Ironton, was arrested in South Shore, Kentucky on Jan. 29 after leading Ohio State Patrol troopers and Portsmouth Police officers on a chase from Lucasville in Scioto County.

On Tuesday morning, she was in Cabell Circuit Court and agreed to be extradited back to either Kentucky or Ohio on outstanding warrants.

Troopers attempted to stop the car Cochran was driving for having an illegible and obstructed license plate.

The driver fled the scene and when the OSHP followed, shots were fired from the vehicle at troopers.

The Portsmouth Police Department joined the pursuit and when a police officer put down stop sticks near Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth, the car swerved towards the officer and someone in the car fired a shot at him.

The pursuit then went into Kentucky and shots were fired again at the PPD officers.

PPD Captain Jason Hendrick said an officer fired a rifle through the windshield of his car and hit Cochran.

The pursuit came to an end when the PPD performed a legal intervention maneuver on U.S. 23 between the bridge and South Shore, at which time the driver and passenger were taken into custody without further incident. No officers were injured during the chase.

The KSP investigation found Cochran had three active warrants in Kentucky and Ohio at the time of the attempted traffic stop.

Cochran was airlifted from the scene, and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She has been jailed in the Western Regional Jail in West Virginia since she was arrested at the hospital. She was charged with being a fugitive from justice for the chase. She also has outstanding warrants, one from Boyd County, Kentucky for contempt of court and one from Lawrence County, where she has a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Cochran was indicted in Lawrence County in July 2018 on charges of having a weapon under disability (which means that she was on probation and not allowed to have a gun), identity theft and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. At the time of her indictment, her address was given as Panama Beach, Florida.

The passenger, John Clifton Thomas Knotts, 34 of Pedro, was lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center and charged with two counts of convicted felon in possession of a handgun, possession of a controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine), trafficking in controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine), importing heroin, trafficking in controlled substance (heroin), possession of controlled substance first degree (heroin), trafficking in marijuana first degree felony and drug paraphernalia. He is also facing robbery charges in Ashland, Kentucky for the robbery of the PNC Bank in August after evidence was found in the car.