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High-speed chase leads to arrest

Officials say a high-speed chase went on for more than 20 miles at speeds of over 120 MPH before it finally ended at a Laurel County weigh station.

It was a wild ride for Whitley County Sheriff's Deputies as they tried to stop a speeding car last night at the 7 mile-marker northbound on Interstate 75.

Deputies say the chase reached speeds of 126 mph as Whitley County deputies, along with officers from surrounding cities pursued the white Honda weaving through traffic. State Police were able to stop the car at the Laurel County weigh station with spike strips.

Officials say the car was reported stolen from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The two people inside, Jessie Gregory and Katie Shumpert, were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. Gregory was also charged with several traffic offenses and wanton endangerment. Initially, officials say Shumpert tried to play the victim.

"At first she claimed that she'd been kidnapped and held against her will. This was because the blue lights was behind her and she knew the vehicle was stolen," says Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Harrell says investigators also found some suspicious items inside that car including a BB gun made to look like a handgun, a police-style baton, and pepper spray. They're trying to find out if the weapons may have been used in robberies between Kentucky and South Carolina.

Sheriff Harrell says he's not sure where the two were headed when they were stopped. He says several officers and two drivers passing through had their tires deflated by the spike strips.


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