Cross-town drive lands teen in jail

Thursday, September 12, 2002

A Marshall teen's cross-town drive Tuesday led her to the Saline County Associate Circuit Court chambers Wednesday.

Rebecca Sue Butcher, 18, was charged with class C felony tampering in the first degree a day after leading police on a chase through Marshall.

Court records indicate that police were alerted after Butcher's mother reported the teen had stolen her 2000 Geo Metro from the Parkway Trailer Park at 777 E. Yerby in Marshall.

A Marshall police officer first observed the vehicle on Redman Avenue near its intersection with Yerby Street. After Butcher failed to stop at a posted stop sign and began traveling west on Yerby, the officer activated her emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to get Butcher to stop.

With the officer in pursuit, Butcher ran stop signs at the intersections of Yerby and Odell Avenue and Yerby and Lafayette.

Butcher then turned south on Lafayette and continued to College Street. Without stopping, Butcher turned the Geo west onto College, cutting south a few blocks later. At an intersection with Kay Street, Butcher ran a stop sign and once again turned west. This was observed by a second police officer who joined the pursuit.

After going west on Kay a short distance, Butcher failed to stop at its intersection with Benton Avenue. She turned south onto Benton and drove to Vers Street, where she turned west. Driving to the intersection with Grant Avenue, Butcher failed to stop at its intersection. Then traveling north on Grant to College, she also chose not to stop at the intersection of those two streets, according to the police report.

Butcher turned off College and onto College Circle, where she was blocked in by police vehicles. She then fled on foot and was captured a short distance away.

Butcher is currently awaiting a hearing scheduled for Sept. 18. Her bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

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