Updated: Name Released in Lexington Late Night Chase


A late night police chase turns deadly in Lexington.

At 11:57 Monday night a state trooper noticed a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup violate a traffic signal at Sixth and Grant Streets and tried to pull the pickup over. The driver of the pickup did not stop.

The police officer pursued the pickup southbound on Highway 283. The chase lasted about six minutes until ending abruptly when the pickup slammed into a 1995 Ford F150 pickup on Highway 283 and Cattlemen Drive.

The impact of the collision caused the Ford to burst into flames. The driver of the Ford pickup has been identified as Ruben Maravilla-Cortes according to Dawson County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the Dodge pickup, Destry Swartz, 22, Coats, Kan., was arrested and officials confirmed he was under the influence. Neither Swartz nor his 17-year-old passenger were injured in the crash.

Swartz has been taken to the Dawson County Jail on multiple charges, which include, driving under the influence, felony motor vehicle homicide, felony operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, and willful reckless driving.

The Lexington Police Department and the Dawson County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the South Central Allied Law Enforcement System (SCALES) are investigating the crash.