Newburgh woman arrested after downtown chase | News
A Newburgh woman is in jail after leading Evansville Police on a brief chase through a section of the city’s downtown on Thursday night.
Officers were sitting at a red light facing south on Southeast Second Street at Vine in a fully marked squad car. They say before the light turned green, the driver squealed the tires of her orange Ford Edge and began picking up speed.
Officers activated emergency lights and sirens and chased the suspect who drove through red lights at Sycamore, Main and Locust, changing lanes along the route and crossing the center line.
The suspect vehicle then stopped just north of the intersection with Walnut Street.
Backup units arrived and officers used the car’s PA system to remove the driver, later identified as 34-year-old Kelly Jean Buchanan of Newburgh.
Officers say when she got out of the car, Buchanan staggered and appeared intoxicated. She was then put into the back of a squad car.
Before towing her vehicle, officers say they found drug paraphernalia and a glass pipe that contained residue consistent with burnt marijuana.
She was taken to the Vanderburgh Count Confinement Center where her blood alcohol content was confirmed at .17%, more than twice the legal limit. She’s facing multiple charges including DUI with endangerment, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement, marijuana possession with a prior conviction and possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction.