A Munfordville woman initially suspected of complicity in shoplifting faces multiple felony charges after police say she led officers on a high-speed pursuit Aug. 13 for 37 miles through Hardin, LaRue and Hart counties.
Jamie N. Daugherty, 29, is charged with six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, three counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of controlled substance, complicity to shoplift and multiple traffic violations.
Elizabethtown Police Department responded at 4:21 p.m. to a call from Wal-Mart about two fleeing shoplifters, according to an EPD news release. The women were seen entering a blue 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe that turned north onto Dixie Avenue.
An Elizabethtown detective spotted the vehicle minutes later on Oaklawn Drive where he asked the driver to shut off the Tahoe and get out, according to EPD. Police believe Daugherty was operating the vehicle.
According to a citation, Daugherty said, “I’m not going to (expletive) jail!” and put the vehicle in reverse, nearly striking the detective.
As the vehicle left the parking lot, passenger Jasmine M. Craft, 18, of Horse Cave, jumped out and was arrested on shoplifting charges, police said.
An Elizabethtown patrol officer later found the Tahoe in the parking lot of Sam’s Club and attempted a traffic stop, according to the release. However, Daugherty drove off again and turned west on Ring Road, police said.
Officers pursued the Tahoe, which reached speeds of more than 80 mph on Ring Road, according to a citation.
Police chased the suspect to Glendale where the Tahoe left the roadway and drove through private property, knocking over three fences and traveling through a soybean field, according to the release.
When the suspect continued on Western Kentucky Parkway, Kentucky State Police Post 4 took over the chase, pursuing the Tahoe after it exited the parkway near White Mills and continued through Sonora and Upton, police said.
In Bonnieville, the vehicle left the roadway again, traveling through several yards along U.S. 31W, police said.
At the 8100 block of U.S. 31W, the “subject drove through the backyard, went (airborne) then attempted to drive over the railroad tracks where the vehicle stopped,” the citation reads.
Two females got out of the vehicle and attempted to continue fleeing on foot, police said. After receiving verbal commands, one stopped, according to the citation.
Amanda A. Hunt, 23, of Horse Cave, was arrested and charged with shoplifting, according to EPD.
Police said Daugherty continued fleeing troopers on foot. After attempting to climb a barbed-wire fence, she fell and was arrested by Trooper Steve Oughton.
KSP Post 4 was assisted at the scene by KSP Post 3 and the Hart County Sheriff’s Office.
The three suspects were lodged at Hardin County Detention Center. Hunt and Craft have been released, but Daugherty remains in custody as of Wednesday afternoon in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.
The shoplifting charges are misdemeanors. Daugherty is charged with 10 Class D felonies, which are punishable by one to five years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.
Editor Linda Ireland contributed to this story.