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Woman leads police on high-speed chase through three counties

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By Randy Patrick

A Bardstown woman was in custody Monday afternoon after leading law enforcement officers on a chase through three counties at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.

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She was apprehended in Mount Washington after she turned around and headed south and collided with two police cars, then hit a guardrail.

Sgt. Michael Clark of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said Elizabeth Wright will be charged with multiple counts of wanton endangerment against both police officers and members of the community, as well as fleeing and evading police.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, she faced charges in Nelson and Bullitt counties of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing and evading police, first-degree criminal mischief, operating on a suspended license and having no insurance. Other charges will also be filed upon completion of the investigation, according to Clark.

Members of the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force were conducting a search warrant for drugs at Bard Homes on Bard Avenue near Old Bloomfield Pike around 10:15 a.m. When Wright showed up around 11:30 driving the white GMC Yukon, detectives talked to her, and she drove away, toward both officers, endangering them.

City police lost contact with the vehicle and requested assistance. A local deputy sheriff spotted the SUV on Moore Avenue going south, and as he was going toward her vehicle, sped away, almost hitting his car head-on.

Officers pursued and tried to stop her, but she fled through residential areas of Bardstown and then north along Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) through Nelson, Spencer and Bullitt counties.

According to Clark, she turned around at the Walgreens at the junction of Ky. 44 in Mount Washington and headed south, colliding with a Bardstown Police cruiser and a Nelson County Sheriff’s car before hitting a guardrail and coming to a stop.

She and the vehicle were searched for weapons and drugs, but found none.

She was taken into custody between noon and 12:30 p.m.

Officers involved in the chase and arrest were from the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, the Nelson and Bullitt County sheriff’s offices, Bardstown and Mount Washington police departments and the Kentucky State Police.

Wright was in custody at the Nelson County Jail by 1:45 p.m., but officers were returning to take her to Flaget Memorial Hospital. She had not yet returned from the hospital and been booked in late Monday afternoon, but Jailer Dorcas Figg recognized her from when she was brought in on Feb. 3.

“We’ve had her in here before,” she said.

According to a citation report, an Elizabeth Morris Wright, 32, was arrested Feb. 2 by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and charged with several offenses, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and second-degree disorderly conduct, also a misdemeanor.

In recent years, she has been listed as a fugitive and has faced multiple charges for drug, alcohol, theft, and traffic violations.

Reporter Kacie Goode also contributed to this story.