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Woman charged after high-speed chase involving child in Knox County

A woman is facing more than a dozen charges after police say she led them on a high-speed chase with a child in her car.

Barbourville City Police arrested Ivory Melas, 28, Saturday night. Police say Melas was a suspect in a shoplifting at WalMart.

When they tried to pull her car over near the store, police say she wouldn't stop. They say Melas led them on a chase for miles, nearly hitting a tractor-trailer at one point.

The chase ended when police say Melas hit a Knox County deputy's cruiser head-on.

The child is now with social services.

Melas is charged with wanton endangerment, theft, and DUI among other charges. She is listed in the Knox County Detention Center.


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