High Priced Fuel Leads To High Speed Chase

A woman is in jail after police say she lead them on a chase that covered parts of two counties.

State Police say the chase began at a gas station in Pendleton County, after Mary Hoerlein-Veeneman drove off without paying for her gas.

The chase passed through 2 counties, involved 3 police agencies, and lasted for nearly an hour.

At one point, speeds reached 80 miles an hour. Officers deployed stop sticks, and the Ford Focus blew two tires. But the Focus driver didn't slow down, and continued to ride on her rims before ramming into two cruisers. Police then tried to pin her in, but the driver couldn't be stopped.

The driver eventually lost control and crashed. That's when she jumped out of her car, and took off running. Police caught up with her seconds later, and placed her under arrest.

In addition to the misdemeanor charge for not paying for her gas, Hoerlin-Venneman now faces more serious charges, including wanton endangerment and nine counts of fleeing and evading.

Police say alcohol was not a factor.


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  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Nov 13, 2007 at 09:50 AM
    Bail may be cheaper than gas,but think of all the people she put in danger,including the police and - bless her heart,herself.Could have been my family or yours killed if she'd hit them.Now,instead of a misdemeanor,she has a crap load of really serious charges heaped on her.Not real smart.To most people,this makes no sense.Where did she think she could speed off to once the cops were behind her?Jeez!When will these runners get a clue-the police have a network of help to get their guy,uh,I mean girl.
  • by Nickie Location: KY on Nov 13, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    Gas prices are way to high but that doesn't mean you should become a criminal just to get it. you will spend more for court costs, lawyer fees and bail than you'd spend for the gas you drive off with. it's smarter to just go ahead and pay for the gas than to drive off.
  • by Ben Location: Lexington on Nov 12, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    Bail is probably cheaper than gas.....
  • by anonymous Location: somerset, ky on Nov 12, 2007 at 06:42 PM
    When will gas stations take action and prevent drive-offs by requiring pre-payment? Do you ever wonder how much stations loose per year in gas thefts. If I was the owner of a gas station, you wouldn't be able to steal gas from me.

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