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Woman in police chase jailed after hospital release

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She led officers through 3 counties

By Lisa King

A Frankfort woman involved in a high-speed police chase through three counties has been released from the hospital.

Rebecca Manley, 31, had stabbed herself six times in the neck with a knife before being taken into custody by Kentucky State Police on Tuesday, but her injuries were not that serious, said Hunter Martin, the trooper who initiated the traffic stop that led to the pursuit.

Manley is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond, charged with DUI, fleeing and evading police and having no insurance.

The chase began in Frankfort when Martin spotted a car fitting the description of a vehicle being driven by a suicidal person who was thought to have a handgun in her possession.

But when Martin tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver refused to stop, and the chase got up to 80 miles per hour. 

Troopers pursued the woman into Anderson and Shelby Counties, but she still wouldn’t pull over, even when she ran over spike strips police put down in Shelby County.

Martin said the spikes punctured all four tires, but still the woman kept driving, so troopers had to ram her car to get her stopped.

But she had slowed down considerably by that time, when she was finally stopped a couple of miles east of Waddy on Kings Highway, near the Shelby County Convenience Center.

When troopers got to the woman’s car, they found that she had stabbed herself in the neck several times with a knife.

No gun was found in her car, Martin said.

She was unconscious when she was admitted to the Franklin County Hospital.

When she was released Thursday morning, she was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center.

Maj. June Craig at the detention center said Manley has been placed in isolation.

She said she could not comment on any mental health issues the woman may have, but said, “We are watching her.”

Craig said Manley has no prior record in Shelby County.