Saturday, August 18, 2001

Bond set in police chase

Woman faces several charges

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A Covington woman who's a suspect in a chase through three Northern Kentucky cities was ordered held Friday under $25,000 cash bond.

        Trina Gay Hart, 31, remained in the Kenton County Jail.

        Kenton District Judge Douglas J. Grothaus appointed a public defender for Ms. Hart, who entered a not guilty plea to charges of fleeing police, wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. She will next appear in court Aug. 28.

        According to court records, Ms. Hart told a police officer that she had smoked 40 grams of crack cocaine before driving her car early Thursday. The suspect also had “a strong smell of intoxicants” and slurred speech, but she refused a breath test, Covington police said in their report. After she was arrested, police said they found a baggie of marijuana in her pants pocket.

        The car chase began at 3:14 a.m. Thursday, when a 1985 silver Pontiac sedan with Ohio license plates ran a red light at Eighth and Main streets in Covington.

        Before the chase ended 13 minutes later, the car reached speeds of 80 mph, court records showed.

        During the chase through Covington, Park Hills and Fort Wright, the Pontiac ran several red lights and almost struck a Park Hills police officer.


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