Charlie Miller, a Kentucky State Trooper who lives in Grayson County, was involved in a high speed chase in Glendale on Monday afternoon which resulted in the arrest of 40-year old Melissa L. Cecil of Elizabethtown.
Miller originally stopped Cecil, who was driving a 1999 blue Ford Contour, for failure to wear a seat belt, but the traffic stop soon escalated.
Miller asked Cecil to step out of the car after discovering she had a warrant for her arrest, but within seconds of exiting the vehicle, Cecil jumped back into the car in an attempt to flee.
Miller then drew his taser gun and fired two prongs into Cecil, but the prongs lodged very near each other in Cecil’s arm -- tasers are most effective when they are spread out over the body, far apart. Cecil continued to struggle with Miller, eventually starting her vehicle. As Cecil accelerated, Miller pushed himself away from the vehicle to keep from being run over.
A nine-mile chase then began with speeds reaching 80 mph as Cecil tried to evade Miller. The chase began on New Glendale Road and continued on Gaither Station Road as well as West Rhudes Creek Road. After making her way back to New Glendale Road, Cecil entered a field, stopped her car and fled on foot.
Miller quickly caught up with Cecil, and after a brief struggle, placed handcuffs on her bringing an end to the chase.
Cecil has been charged with felony counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree fleeing or evading a police officer in a motor vehicle, and third-degree assault of a police officer, according to a Kentucky State Police press release. All are Class D felonies, and if convicted, are punishable by up to five years in prison.
She has also been charged with various additional offenses such as speeding, failing to wear a seat belt, careless driving, and resisting arrest.
The warrant Miller discovered after stopping Cecil was issued for theft by unlawful taking, less than $500.00, a class a misdemeanor, and involved the theft of a ring. Police recovered the ring.
Miller suffered scrapes to his head and leg, and jammed his wrist as he caught himself as he fell to the ground.
Cecil is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center on a $3,000.00 cash bond. She will appear at 9:30 a.m. July 11 in Hardin District Court.