Woman Assists Police in Car Chase

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A car chase ended Wednesday evening with an arrest thanks in part to a woman who stayed on the suspect's tail until she was off the interstate.

Jonie Brock was heading home when her evening took an unusual turn.

"A lady was sitting in the park,” Brock said. “She'd been in an accident. When I stopped to ask her if she was ok, she took off and she wrecked several times. I called 911."

When Brock called 911, the dispatcher asked her if she'd follow the suspect until police caught up with her.

"They told me if I could just keep an eye on her without getting hurt, stay a distance away from her, just kind of keep an eye on her, let them know where she was going," she said.

Police say the suspect driver, 29-year-old Abbie Kent from Scott Depot, hit several cars. Brock says she was swerving all over the place.

Barboursville Police joined in on the chase on the interstate and pulled Kent over just before the Merrits Creek exit.

Kent was charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license for a previous DUI.

Brock says she’s happy to contribute to helping get a dangerous driver off the road before more serious damage was done.

"I was afraid she'd hit someone and kill them,” she said. “I just wanted to get her off the street."

Kent was released on bond Wednesday night on the charges from Barboursville Police, but Huntington Police will be filing additional charges against her soon for the damage she caused there, meaning she'll likely be arrested again soon.

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