Lexington, KY (June 26, 2018) Kentucky State Police arrested an Ohio woman following a pursuit traveling in the wrong lane on the Interstate.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 69 year old Joyce Antonelli of Centerville, OH was operating a 2011 Toyota Highlander. Antonelli had struck multiple vehicles in Madison County and had entered Interstate 75 traveling the wrong way traveling North in the South bound lanes of I-75. The vehicle was located near the 113 mile marker in Lexington, when units from the Kentucky State Police Commercial Division and Lexington Police attempted to stop the vehicle. Antonelli refused to stop continuing North in the South bound lanes at a high rate of speed. Lexington Police deployed tire deflation devices disabling the front tires of the vehicle near the 115 mile marker. Antonelli continued onto Interstate 64 traveling West in the East bound lanes where she refused to stop. The pursuit ended near the 73 mile marker on I-64 when legal intervention was performed disabling the vehicle. During the legal intervention a Lexington Police car was damaged.
Antonelli was taken into custody and charged with Speeding, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st and Wanton Endangerment 1st (3 counts). She was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital for medical evaluation.
Officer Mark Puckett is investigating and was assisted by units from Kentucky State Police Post 12 and Lexington Police, Fire and EMS.
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