A Virginia woman is facing more than a dozen charges including after police allege she is suspected to have been under the influence of meth while leading officers on a pursuit while a 9-month-old was in the vehicle, according to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
Katie Bowes, a 29-year-old woman from Alton, Virginia, was arrested for the incident.
According to a release, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday a DCSO deputy was driving eastbound on KY 144 when he observed a vehicle “attempting to drive very close to the rear of his vehicle. As he continued to observe, the vehicle began performing driving behaviors that were believed to be the subject attempting to ram the deputy’s vehicle in the rear while also crossing all lanes of traffic.”
At that time, Central Dispatch was giving out a BOLO (be on the lookout) called in by a concerned citizen in reference to the vehicle that was behind the deputy, according to DCSO. The citizen told dispatch the vehicle’s driving was “very reckless in nature” such as running several red lights.
According to the release, the vehicle turned down Pleasant Valley Road where the deputy was able to get behind it before attempting a traffic stop. The driver did not yield for the deputy and a pursuit was authorized.
Per the release, the driver made an unsafe u-turn on Pleasant Valley Road and stopped in the middle of the road. The deputy attempted to order the subject out of the vehicle, at that time the subject took off once more, the release says.
The deputies continued to follow the subject to HWY 144 then HWY 603 where the vehicle stopped once more.
According to the release, after the subject again refused to exit the vehicle, deputies approached the vehicle and extracted the female subject.
The subject is suspected to have been under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the incident, according to DCSO. While securing the vehicle, deputies located a 9-month-old baby sitting in the front passenger seat in a rear facing car seat, unsecured.
Deputies located a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine, a used needle, and open alcoholic beverage containers, per the release.
The child was turned over to Social Services and the Bowes, was lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center on the following charges:
1. Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle)
2. Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree – Police Officer
3. Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree
4. Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants – Aggravating
Circumstance, 1st Offense
5. Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree – 1st offense, Methamphetamine
6. Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess
7. Resisting Arrest
8. Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
9. Failure to use Child Restraint Device in Vehicle
10. Reckless Driving
11. Disregarding Traffic Control Device – Traffic Light
12. Failure to or Improper Signal
13. Failure to Wear Seat Belts
14. Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree