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Two Daviess County Residents Arrested After Police Pursuit
Troopers Initiated the Stop After Learning the Car was Stolen

Date of News Release: 3/5/2017

OWENSBORO, KY. - (March 4, 2018) – Around 10:30pm, a Kentucky State Police trooper on patrol observed a 2006 Honda CRV on 2nd Street in Owensboro. A similarly described vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day by Daviess County Sheriff’s Department. The trooper ran the registration plate and confirmed it was stolen. The trooper initiated his emergency equipment but the car fled. The trooper pursued the stolen car for approximately six miles on Ewing Street, 4th Street, Jeff Place, West 5th Street Road, Lyddane Bridge to Lee Rudy Road. While in attempts to flee from troopers, the operator failed to see the road was flooded and drove into three to four feet of water. The car became inoperable and the operator identified as, Richard Light, 34 of Owensboro was immediately arrested by troopers without further incident.

Light was charged with:
1) Speeding (26 MPH over)
2) Receiving Stolen Property (greater than $10,000)
3) Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree-Police Officer
4) Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
5) Fleeing 1st Degree-Motor Vehicle
6) Operating on a Suspended License
7) Reckless Driving
8) Disregarding Traffic Light
9) Disregarding Stop Sign

Through the investigation, troopers discovered the passenger, Lauren N. Laroche, 36 of Owensboro had an active Failure to Appear warrant for her arrest.

Both Light and Laroche were transported and lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro, KY.

Daviess County Sheriff’s Department initially took the stolen vehicle report and are the agency involved in the theft investigation,

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