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Pursuit of Stolen Car Results in Vehicle Rollover 

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (12/15/2014) – On Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, the Madisonville Police Department (MPD) instigated a vehicle pursuit regarding a stolen car.

MPD Officer Wesley Carlisle stated that he had observed a silver Saturn Ion matching the description of a stolen vehicle traveling on Island Ford Road. Officer Carlisle turned to follow the vehicle, and verified that it was stolen via the license plate.

Officer Carlisle followed the vehicle onto Carriage Lane and then north onto Brown Road. Approximately 1 mile later, the vehicle turned into a driveway. Officer Carlisle turned on his emergency lights. As a result, the vehicle fled through the yard, through a ditch and headed southbound on Brown Road. Officer Carlisle informed Central Dispatch that the car was fleeing.

Other officers from the Police Department, Kentucky state Police (KSP) and Sheriff’s Department joined in the chase.

KSP Troopers deployed “Stop Sticks” at the intersection of Brown Road and Sunrise Drive. The Vehicle ran over the sticks and blew a front tire, and then continued southbound.

Once the vehicle reached the intersection of Brown Road and Center Street, the driver lost control and the vehicle flipped into a nearby ditch. Passengers in the vehicle, Jeffery Belt and Kristine Snyder, were not injured and were released without charges.

The driver, 44-year-old Jeri S. Dillingham of Corbly Avenue in Madisonville, was transported to Baptist Health and treated for minor injuries. Ms. Dillingham was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking (Automobile), Speeding 26 or More over Speed Limit, Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree, Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator’s License, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, DUI 2nd Offense, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree X2 and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree Police Officer. Dillingham was also arrested on three outstanding warrants.

Information provided by the Madisonville Police Dept.
Posted byJ.L. Graham
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