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High speed pursuit linked to missing Tennessee man

By Eugenia Jones

A high speed pursuit on Sunday (March 6, 2022) through McCreary County and via back roads into Pulaski County to Mt. Union/Keno resulted in the arrest of the female driver and recovery of a silver 2013 Toyota Corolla with black rims and Tennessee registration plates.  Officials confirmed the vehicle is registered to Curtis Lee Lowe of the Smokey Creek Community in Scott County, Tennessee.  Lowe was allegedly last seen driving the car as he departed his home on February 6, 2022.  He was subsequently reported as missing.

McCreary County Dispatch received a call on Sunday afternoon about a possible stolen vehicle.  McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Stuart Bryant spotted the 2013 Toyota and was in pursuit going north when Kentucky State Police Trooper Harrison Wells, traveling south on HWY 27 in the vicinity of Whitley City Elementary, observed the car and clocked the vehicle’s speed with radar at 112 MPH.  Activating lights and sirens, the KSP unit turned to pursue; however, the female driver refused to stop.  The driver of the vehicle continued traveling north at speeds in excess of 100 MPH, ignoring emergency lights and siren, traveling at times in the oncoming lane, and passing vehicles on double yellow lines without regard to other motorists.  The driver lost the vehicle’s rear bumper and other parts of the car on HWY 27 during this time.

The driver of the Toyota turned onto Liz Worley Circle and then onto Dead Ox Hollow Road.  Arriving at Keno Road, the driver turned left and subsequently parked the car behind Mt. Union Baptist Church in a grave yard.        

The driver and a female passenger, reportedly the driver’s mother, fled on foot prior to officers locating the vehicle.  United States Forest Service Officer Neal responded to the scene and began tracking the two women with his K9 partner.  During tracking, a male individual called Pulaski County 911 saying two females had shown up at his residence on Johnson Road.  Officers later located the driver hiding beneath a blanket in the rear bedroom of the caller’s house.  AfTerward, the driver attempted to conceal a small bag of crystal rock substance which Trooper Wells tentatively identified as methamphetamine.  The substance was stored in an evidence locker at KSP Post 11 to be sent for further lab testing.

Kendra N. Bell

KSP arrested the driver, Kendra N. Bell of Stearns, KY, without incident and transported her to the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office where she was subsequently transported to the Knox County Detention Center.  Bell was charged with (1.) Speeding 26 MPH or > Speed Limit  (2.) Failure to Wear Seat Belts  (3.) Reckless Driving  (4.) Improperly on Left Side of Road  (5.) Improper Passing  (6.)  Wanton Endangerment  (7.)  Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle)  (8.)  Failure to/or Improper Signal.

Tennessee authorities are now in charge of investigating the 2013 silver Toyota Corolla involved in the incident.  

As of press time, Curtis Lee Lowe is still missing.  According to the Scott County (TN) Sheriff’s Facebook page on March 3, 2022, officials asked for help in locating the missing man.  There have been no further updates regarding Mr. Lowe on the Scott County Sheriff’s Facebook page as of press time.

Photo by Eugenia Jones

The 2013 Toyota Corolla  was involved in a high speed pursuit through McCreary and Pulaski Counties.  The car is registered to Curtis Lee Lowe of Scott County, TN.  Mr. Lowe is still missing after last being seen on February 6, 2022 driving the car as he left his home in the Smokey Creek community. 

Photo from Facebook

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Curtis Lee Lowe. Mr. Lowe was reported as missing and was last seen leaving his home in the Smokey Creek Community on February 06, 2022. Curtis was driving a 2013 silver Toyota Corolla with a silver spoiler. Curtis has blue eyes with short brown hair and is in his mid-thirties. He is 5’4 inches tall and weighs 145 lbs. If you have seen Curtis or know where he is, please call the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 423-663-3111 or call our non-emergency dispatch at 423-663-2245. 

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