MOUNT VERNON — A Zanesville woman was indicted Monday on a third-degree felony and other charges by the grand jury for allegedly leading police on a high speed chase after stealing from a local store.
Paula S. Popham, 36, was indicted on charges of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The charges stem from Sept. 29. According to Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville, Popham stole $862 in merchandise from a Mount Vernon business. Mount Vernon police pursued Popham, who fled through town, driving the wrong way on Gay Street. The pursuit left town and reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, McConville said. The chase ended after Popham “had contact with a Utica police cruiser,” McConville said.
After Popham was arrested, she was further found to be in possession of a stolen debit card, McConville said.