Time: 2:06 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Location: Kentucky Oaks Mall, Paducah
Suspect: Quanta N. Burse, 34, of Hopkinsville, arrested on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer) and first-degree criminal mischief
A Hopkinsville woman was arrested after she rammed a McCracken County jailer’s car and damaged two other vehicles while trying to flee from Kentucky Oaks Mall Wednesday afternoon.
Ben Green told Officer Jason Montgomery he was working security at Dillard’s and was told by a Dillard’s employee that a woman had just left the store without paying for merchandise. The employee provided Green with a description of the vehicle in which the woman had left.
Green said he located the vehicle, unoccupied, and waited for the woman to return. He said he pulled his 2010 Ford Crown Victoria in front of the woman’s parking spot so she could not leave and got out to talk with her. Green said the woman rammed his cruiser repeatedly, and hit the vehicles parked on either side of hers. Green said he was nearly pinned between the cars as the woman was ramming them.
Green said the woman eventually pushed his cruiser out of the way and fled at a high rate of speed.
Information about the woman’s vehicle was dispatched to city officers and county deputies, and McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies located and pursued the vehicle on Interstate 24. The woman – identified as Quanta N. Burse – was apprehended in Marshall County and returned to McCracken County. Officer Jason Montgomery interviewed Burse and she admitted shoplifting more than $1,000 in merchandise from Dillard’s. She said she did not realize that she hit Green’s vehicle when she fled.
Green’s cruiser was towed from the scene due to a damaged front axle. The other two vehicles sustained reported minor damage.
Burse was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer) and first-degree criminal mischief and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.