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Woman enters guilty to several charges

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A Frakes woman accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in August entered a guilty plea in Knox County Circuit Court.


Ivory Athena Melas, 28, pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, driving a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked and theft by unlawful taking under $500.


Melas will receive her sentence on Feb. 28, according to a Knox County court official.


Melas led police on a high-speed chase in September. The chase resulted in her crashing into a deputy’s patrol vehicle.


Det. Steve Owens of the Barbourville Police Department said the crash was the result of a series of events beginning with a shoplifting complaint at Walmart in Barbourville.


Owens reported Melas left the store on foot when police arrived. Her vehicle was identified and the chase began when she fled onto U.S. 25E.


Police attempted to stop Melas, but she turned south and led police around several side streets and then back onto the highway, according to Owens. She was almost struck when she pulled into the path of a tractor trailer.


Owens said Melas then made two U-turns through the median before leaving the highway for KY 11. The pursuit continued for several miles.


Owens said when Melas turned onto a dead-end driveway, she made a U-turn and struck a Knox County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle in her attempt to escape.


When the chase ended, Owens said officers found a small child behind the driver’s seat of the car Melas drove.


Melas was in the Harlan County Detention Center as a Knox County prisoner, according to JailTracker records.

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