I guess if anybody had been in the wrong place on Frederica last night between 8:30 and 9PM, it could have been a very ugly situation as an Owensboro woman was tearing down the city's main drag at 68 miles per hour. We received the following report from the Owensboro Police Department earlier today:


On August 22, 2012 at 8:46 p.m. Owensboro- Daviess County Central Dispatch issued a bulletin for all officers to observe for a Chevrolet Malibu occupied by a female driver, driving recklessly on Frederica Street. The caller advised that the vehicle nearly hit several cars head on.

At 8:59 p.m., an Owensboro Police officer observed a vehicle matching the description speeding south on  Frederica Street traveling 68 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone. The officer stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Town Square North.

Before the officer could speak with the driver, the vehicle fled through the parking lot turning west onto Southtown Blvd. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle became stuck in heavy traffic on Southtown Blvd. As officers again approached, the vehicle turned into the Daviess County Bus Garage at 1621 Southtown Blvd.

The vehicle struck a gate and rammed a police cruiser, nearly striking a police officer. The officer then noticed several small children unrestrained in the car. As the vehicle left the driveway of the parking garage it was observed again traveling westbound on Southtown Blvd. After an investigation, the driver of the vehicle was located at 9:40 p.m in the 1200 block of Independence Avenue. The owner of the vehicle reported it stolen to police.

Several charges--including multiple counts of wanton endangerment receiving stolen property under $10,000--were brought against the subject.

What a scary situation that could have resulted in a tragic outcome. Fortunately, the OPD were on the scene. Obviously, we can never be too careful in our daily lives. Especially when someone plans to treat Frederica Street like Interstate 64.