Saturday, March 6, 2004

Lexington man charged in chase that ended when vehicle crashed

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

A Lexington man is facing charges in two states, accused of a purse-snatching Thursday in Florence, then leading officers on a chase in a stolen truck from Sharonville to Clinton and Warren counties.

Russell Rowland, 30, is charged with fleeing and receiving stolen property and robbery.

Karrie Schumacher, 28, of Lexington, a passenger, also faces a robbery charge.

The events began unfolding about 11:30 a.m. Thursday when a purse was snatched from a shopper in Florence.

About 9 p.m., the pickup truck being sought, which police say was stolen, in showed up at a Sharonville gas station, Clinton County Chief Deputy Ralph Fizer Jr. said.

Schumacher, who was a passenger in the truck, went in the station and told people to follow the pickup, giving the impression she might be in trouble.

That led to a police pursuit into Clinton County until the truck eventually crashed into a tree in Warren County.

The chase wound its way south on Interstate 71 into Warren County and subsequently ended on Olive Branch Road in Warren County, where the pickup struck a vehicle, went through a yard, into woods and hit a tree, Fizer said.

Schumacher was treated at Bethesda Warren County hospital for minor crash injuries and released.

She returned to Lexington, where U.S. marshals arrested her Friday afternoon at her home, in Lexington, Florence police said.

Jim Hannah contributed to this report. E-mail

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