GREENUP A woman led police on a high-speed chase from Ohio into Greenup after allegedly carjacking a vehicle at knifepoint and then fleeing from authorities. The woman was later arrested again at booking for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail.
Amanda Lynn Fortin, 31, of Groveton, New Hampshire, was arrested by the Greenup County Sheriff's Office last week on the charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property under $10,000, first-degree promoting contraband, possession of marijuana and first-degree fleeing or evading police in motor vehicle.
Fortin was arrested on July 26 on the first three aforementioned charges, according to court documents.
Fortin allegedly carjacked a vehicle in Huntington, abandoned it in Portsmouth and then carjacked an individual at knifepoint in Portsmouth.
“Ohio units became involved in a high-speed pursuit,” according to court documents. “The pursuit continued across the Jesse Stuart Bridge into Kentucky. Greenup Police Department became involved shortly after the pursuit entered Kentucky.”
Fortin allegedly failed to stop even through lights and sirens. Fortin traveled north on U.S. 23 then did a U-turn and went south, according to police reports. Fortin then crossed the median and continued south in the northbound lane. Fortin was boxed in due to stopped oncoming traffic and police units.
Fortin then fled on foot and a taser was used to end the pursuit, according to police. Police said that Fortin threw the knife in weeds before the taser was used. When captured, Fortin did not know who she was, said police.
Fortin was then lodged at the Greenup County Detention Center. While being booked, she attempted to bring in marijuana in a small clear plastic bag in the front pocket of her shorts, according to police reports. The marijuana was seized by authorities. Fortin was arrested on the charges of possession of marijuana and first-degree promoting contraband.
Fortin remains lodged at the Greenup County Detention Center.