High-speed chase lands woman in GCDC

Brittany Wise

March 28, 2014

A high-speed police chase on Friday, March 7 ended with a Millwood woman being arrested on numerous charges.

The incident began when Deputy Adam Cottrell with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) was en route to serve a felony parole violation warrant on 33-year-old Brandy Joe Lee of Millwood.

As Cottrell travelled south near the 6,000 block of Highway 259 South, a black 1994 Nissan pick-up truck matching the description of Lee’s vehicle passed him, travelling in the opposite direction.

Deputy Buck Meredith, who was also travelling south approximately 5 car-lengths behind Cottrell said that the pick-up truck then swerved into his lane, running him off of the roadway.

Meredith regained control of his cruiser and both officers turned around in pursuit of the pick-up.

Two Leitchfield Police Department cruisers also joined in the pursuit for a short time, according to Meredith who explained that the chase took the officers through Leitchfield on Main Street and then onto Sunbeam Road and Lilac Road. He said the pick-up was travelling dangerously at speeds reaching 90 miles per hour, nearly hitting another vehicle before crossing over into Breckenridge County.

Both GCSO deputies continued the pursuit and the Breckenridge County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD)was notified that the pursuit had crossed into their county.

BCSD deputies were on their way to assist with stop sticks, a tire-deflating device used to stop a vehicle in a high-speed chase, but the pick-up returned back to Highway 259 and travelled south back into Grayson County, nearly hitting a motorcycle which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Leitchfield Police Department received notification and shut down the roadway near the intersection of William Thomason Bypass.

Meredith said that the pick-up truck slowed and came to a stop in front of Holly Baptist Church at the 5,100 block of Highway 259 North (Brandenburg Road).

Cottrell, assisted by Meredith, arrested Lee without any further incident. She was taken to the Grayson County Detention Center, where she was still being lodged as of press time.

Lee was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol; possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of drug paraphernalia; fleeing/evading police in the first degree; wanton endangerment; disregarding a stop sign; and disregarding a traffic control device.

According to Cottrell, additional charges of wanton endangerment may be pending.