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Driver hits cruiser head-on

By Greg Bird
A McCreary County woman is facing
several charges
after leading officers on a wild chase that ended with her
crashing in to a
McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy cruiser in Whitley County.
Sheriff Randy Waters reports Amanda Lynn Davenport, 39, of Stearns was arrested after the Sunday evening incident and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of methamphetamine and wanton endangerment, among other charges.
Officers first were alerted to the subject around 4:30 Sunday afternoon when McCreary 911 Dispatch started receiving calls of a gold Kia with no license plate driving erratically southbound on U.S. 27 toward Whitley City. Callers reported the vehicle had come close to hitting other cars and forcing others off the road. Contact with the vehicle was lost as it turned on to Sand Hill Road in Whitley City before officers could respond to the area.
About 45 minutes later the car was spotted again on Gilreath Road in Pine Knot. Officers were in the area searching for another vehicle at the time, when Deputy Greg Chaney was able to locate the Kia and attempted to make a traffic stop.
The driver ignored the deputy’s commands and continued driving eastbound on KY 2792 toward Williamsburg with the officer in pursuit.
Deputy Chaney reported the subject was driving at a high rate of speed and in a very dangerous manner, nearly striking several vehicles head-on throughout the pursuit.
Twice the Deputy attempted a PIT maneuver (Pursuit Intervention Technique), spinning the vehicle around, but the driver managed to regain control both times and continued to head eastbound.
The pursuit ended on Old Jellico Creek Road when Davenport veered off the roadway, traveled through a back yard, then attempted to re-enter the road where Deputy Chaney had stationed his cruiser in an effort to block the vehicle.
Davenport hit the cruiser head-on, damaging the front end. The Deputy stated that after the collision Davenport continued to try to mover her vehicle, spinning her tires, but was unable to gain traction. The Deputy broke out the driver’s-side window and deployed his taser as Davenport ignored all demands to exit the vehicle.
She was taken in to custody without further incident, but appeared to be heavily under the influence of narcotics, and reportedly admitted to using meth that day. A small quantity of meth was found on her person after her arrest.
Chaney’s cruiser suffered a damaged front end in the incident, but the Deputy was otherwise uninjured.
Sheriff Waters stated he was glad Deputy Chaney was unharmed, and thankful that a very dangerous driver was taken off the road.
“This was getting to be about the time families were going out and going to church,” he said. “This woman didn’t need to be on the road and I’m glad it ended without anyone getting hurt.”
Davenport was charged with assault on a police officer, operating under the influence, seven counts of wanton endangerment, possession of methamphetamine, fleeing/evading, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, menacing, criminal mischief and various other traffic offenses. The Kentucky State Police is leading the investigation.
She is currently lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.


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