Woman pleads guilty to role in I-75 chase

By Greg Sowinski - gsowinski@civitasmedia.com

Shawn M. Gregory

Shawn M. Gregory

Kaylee E. Herman

Kaylee E. Herman

LIMA — A woman who was with her boyfriend in a crime spree when he tried to outrun state troopers in a car chase in June on Interstate 75 pleaded guilty to a felony charge Tuesday.

Kaylee E. Herman, 21, of Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. She faces up to 18 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 17.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped the charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle, another fourth-degree felony.

She was with Shawn M. Gregory, 22, of Fisherville, Kentucky, committing crimes in Hancock County and other places when they stole a car someone left running at a gas station in Findlay on June 16. Shortly after that, police officers spotted the car and troopers tried to pull them over on I-75.

Gregory was in court Monday and waived his right to a speedy trial. Another pretrial was scheduled for him for Sept. 12. He is charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, grand theft of a motor vehicle, attempted vehicular assault, and receiving stolen property. He faces up to nine years in prison on the charges, according to Allen County court records.

The chase stretched from near Beaverdam to past Cridersville. It began in the southbound lane of Interstate 75 before the driver drove across the median into the northbound lane and crashed into two state patrol cars.

Gregory and Herman were sought for charges in Hancock County. State troopers attempted to stop the vehicle in the southbound lane near Beaverdam but the driver did not stop and the pursuit began.

Troopers deployed stop sticks near Bluelick Road and deflated the left front tire of the vehicle. Officials said Gregory then struck a trooper’s vehicle during the chase and tried to continue to drive off.

A short time later, officials said, Gregory drove over a paved crossover and into the south lane of I-75. Troopers intentionally struck the vehicle and disabled it near Cridersville.

Both were wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle in Hancock County and are suspects in several theft cases from vehicles.

Numerous police agencies participated in the chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Shawn M. Gregory
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Shawn-Gregory-22-1-1.jpgShawn M. Gregory
Kaylee E. Herman
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Kaylee-Herman-3-1-1.jpgKaylee E. Herman

By Greg Sowinski


Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.

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