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Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest in Hopkins County

Date of News Release: 10/09/2006

Hopkins County - At 1612 on 10/08/06, Trooper John Komar attempted to stop a vehicle on US 62 in Nortonville for an expired plate. The vehicle, a 1992 Oldsmobile Achieve, occupied with a white male and white female, failed to comply and fled from Trooper Komar. Trooper Komar followed the vehicle through several side streets in Nortonville before going west on US 62 towards St. Charles. The Olds continued to flee from Trooper Komar at high speeds passing vehicles in curves and driving extremely recklessly. The chase continued into St. Charles and out McGregor road where the subject turned onto Powell Road. Powell Road is a dead end road and when the subject got to the end he drove through a yard around a house and back onto Powell Road. The pursuit continued back towards St. Charles with the fleeing vehicle turning around in another yard and driving around a house at the end of Princeton Street almost striking a resident at that location. The pursuit continued out of St. Charles south on Buttermilk Road and onto private property. The pursuit ended when the fleeing vehicle died and both occupants jumped out and fled on foot.

Trooper Komar was able to locate the female a short distance from the vehicle. The male subject escaped apprehension and is at large.

Inside the vehicle officers located starting fluid, lithium batteries and plastic tubing. In addition, various items of drug paraphernalia were found on the female passenger. Trooper Komar's cruiser sustained moderate damage, but there were no injuries to any of the persons involved.

Leah McKinley was arrested and charged with Fleeing and Evading 1st (vehicle), Fleeing and Evading 2nd (foot), Wanton Endangerment 1st (2 counts), Criminal Mischief 1st (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-2nd offense, and Possession of Meth Precursors. Mrs. McKinley was lodged at the Hopkins County Detention Center.

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