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Women Eludes Authorities After Allegedly Stealing Meat

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

February 2, 2006

A high speed car chase through two counties ended with an arrest. The women driving is now sitting in Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, but not before eluding police for 30 miles. What baffled police was not the high speed, however, but rather the allegedly stolen items in her car.

The high speed car chase on Tuesday, Jan. 31 started a mile south of the Albemarle County and Nelson County line. Deputy Greg Sherwood, who was running radar, caught a speeding car going 78 miles per hour. When the deputy tried to pull the driver over, she refused to stop.

An Amherst County Deputy's dashboard camera shows 53-year-old Catherine Price reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour while authorities were close on her tail. The chase covered 30 miles until Price reached the County of Amherst.

"Right here in route 60 and 29 I was able to deploy the spike strips the vehicle had run over and we flattened the left front tire," said Lt. Mike Robinson, an Amherst Deputy.

Price continued to drive on her flat tire for the next two miles. That's when authorities forced her to pull over in Amherst County.

"You have three vehicles, one gets in front, one pulls up beside her and one gets behind her and then all three vehicles just start gradually slowing down and you box her in," said Captain John Dixon, of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.

Price was arrested and charged with a felony count of eluding authorities, as well as driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and speeding. During the arrest authorities found $200 worth of frozen meat that were allegedly stolen.

"The only thing she told me at the time when we got her out of the car was she didn't want to go back to jail," said Captain Dixon.

Price has been held without bond in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail since Tuesday, Jan. 31. Authorities say Price allegedly stole the meat from Kroger and Harris Teeter in Albemarle County. The Nelson County sheriff said Price does have a criminal record. No one was injured during this pursuit.


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