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Woman calls 911 as SUV speeds out of control on interstate

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Kentucky State Police say a vehicle driven by a woman with two young girls on board had to be stopped by cruisers after traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 64.

Marlene Taylor called for help from the vehicle, and police say she was given instructions to place the transmission of the Chevrolet Equinox in neutral or turn the ignition off but wasn't able to do either.

WKYT obtained a copy of the 911 call. On it, a dispatcher can be heard telling Taylor to put her shoe under the accelerator pedal and pull it up, but the woman replied that the pedal wouldn't go any farther.

At the same time, she attempts to comfort her children.

"Mommy's sorry. Mommy's not trying to cry. I'm so sorry. I'm sorry. Mommy's okay," says Marlene Taylor.

Taylor tries to dodge other cars in her way, pleading with them to move.

"Please move. Please. Oh my God. Please move," you hear Taylor crying on the 911 tape.

Finally Troopers Mark Johnson, Todd Wheeler, and Sergeant Tim Bradley surrounded her. One trooper got in front of her and by slowing down his cruiser was able to stop the SUV.

One of the other troopers, Mark Johnson, says he's just thankful there were no serious injuries.

"I'm just glad she was alright, we were alright, and the children were fine," he says.

Troopers say Taylor traveled nearly 40 miles before she was stopped. They say they were able to stop her just 5 miles from a congested work zone.

General Motors Co. spokesman Alan Adler told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the woman agreed to let GM engineers inspect the vehicle a few days after the May 27 incident. Adler says there was an after-market mat on top of the vehicle's floor mat but that the vehicle's computer showed no trouble codes.

Marlene Taylor tells 27 NewsFirst she is still shaken from the incident and wouldn't wish it on anyone. She also says she has a lawyer, and they are planning a lawsuit.


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