Driver Leads Troopers on 30 mile Pursuit in Stolen Car

Driver Leads Troopers on 30 mile Pursuit in Stolen Car


A woman’s erratic driving Sunday morning caught the attention of an off duty trooper and lead police on a 30 mile chase.  

Indiana State Trooper Jason Pratt was traveling south on I-65 near the 124 mile marker, 71st Street exit, around 9:00 a.m. when  he saw a red Dodge Avenger pass a car on the right shoulder.  

The female driver then aggressively moved to the left lane and quickly accelerated to over 100 mph. 

Pratt ran the license plate and discovered that the car had been reported as stolen.  Trooper Pratt pulled his police car behind the woman in an effort to signal the driver to pull over but she refused to stop.  

Pratt along with several other troopers and Indianapolis Metro officers pursued the driver south bound on I-65 for nearly 30 miles before the woman hit stop-sticks, lost control and collided with the center guardrail. 

The stop sticks had been deployed by a Whiteland Police officer near the 94 mile marker in Whiteland.  

Officers surrounded the car and took the driver into custody.  The women, who would not give police her identity, was transported by ambulance to Eskenazi Hospital for evaluation. 

She was eventually identified using her fingerprints as 44 year-old Shawna Lynn Stacy from park Hills Missouri.  

Stacy has been charged preliminarily with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, refusal to identify, and reckless driving.