A Franklin County woman is in jail after allegedly leading local law enforcement on a car chase around Ky. 1247, University Drive and U.S. 27., during the morning school rush.
Penny Lineweaver, 34, of Frankfort, is lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center facing charges of second-degree Fleeing or Evading Police, Reckless Driving and Disregarding a Traffic Control Device.
According to a citation filed by Science Hill Police Department Officer Greg Martin, the situation began around 8 a.m. Wednesday when Martin was responding to assist the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office on a report of a theft in progress at Keller Trailer Sales on Todd Road in Science Hill.
As Martin was responding, he was informed that a female suspect had fled the scene in a silver Suzuki. He spotted a vehicle of that description driving southbound on U.S. 27 and observed it run a red light.
Martin stated that when he turned on his emergency lights to attempt to pull over the vehicle, it accelerated and ran through another red light, turning onto Ky. 1247 and continuing south.
A unit with the Somerset Police Department deployed stop sticks at the intersection of Ky. 1247 and University Drive which punctured the left side tires. The vehicle also lost a tire off of the rim on the right side at some point during the pursuit.
Despite this, however, according to Martin's report the vehicle turned onto McKee Road, then turned into the northbound lanes of U.S. 27, and finally turned right onto Stillwater where it ended up in the yard of a private residence.
The suspect, identified as Lineweaver, was apprehended after the the vehicle drove through a barbwire fence and stopped in a treeline.
An arraignment for Lineweaver is scheduled for November 21, according to court documents.
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