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Nashville Women Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit - Speeds Reached Over 130 Miles Per Hour

Date of News Release: 11/20/2017

Owensboro, KY. (November 19, 2017)--Kentucky State Police Trooper Blake Owens was patrolling the William Natcher Parkway around the 68 mile-marker south of Owensboro (Daviess County) when he observed a 2015 black Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound at 100 miles per hour. Trooper Owens attempted to stop the violator but the vehicle accelerated from the trooper in attempts to flee. Speeds reached over 130 miles per hour and traveled through Daviess, Ohio and Butler Counties.

Troopers from both Post 16-Henderson and Post 3-Bowling Green attempted to utilized Stinger Tire Deflation devices but were unsuccessful. Around the 13 mile-marker in Warren County, the operator attempted to swerve around a semi at a high rate of speed but lost control. The vehicle struck a rock-faced wall and flipped multiple times before coming to rest.

The operator was taken to a local Bowling Green hospital where she is being treated for a broken neck. She is expected to be released soon. She is expected to be charged with the following offenses:

  • Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle) Speeding
  • Speeding
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st
  • Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer
  • Assault 2nd Degree
  • Receiving Stolen Property Over $500 - Under $10,000.
  • Multiple other traffic offenses.

She will be lodged in the Warren County Detention Center in Bowling Green. (Her identity will be released when she is officially charged).

The passenger, identified as Michelle Beasley, 30 of Nashville, TN, was arrested and charged with:

  • Receiving Stolen Property Over $500 - Under $10,000.

Beasley is lodged in the Warren County Detention Center in Bowling Green.

It is believed these women stole merchandise from Victoria Secrets at Eastland Mall in Evansville, IN. These items were recovered by troopers. Evansville Police Department is working the theft at the department store.

The investigation is on-going.

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