High-speed pursuit, 2 officers injured, woman arrested

Cynthia Felekey
Cynthia Felekey

A Brown County woman is under arrest after she allegedly lead Ohio State Highway Patrol on a high-speed pursuit that left two responding troopers injured during the scuffle that followed.

According to court records, the incident occurred on Saturday, Oct 10 when a trooper observed Cynthia Felekey, age 47, cutting through traffic on eastbound State Route 32, Brown County, and driving at speeds in excess of 105 MPH.

After the trooper activated his lights and sirens, Felekey slowed her vehicle down to 80-85 MPH before stopping at a traffic light at the intersection of State Route 32 and US-62. The trooper then instructed Felekey to turn left and pull into a gas station, to which she nodded her head in acknowledgement. However, Felekey proceeded to drive past the gas station upon making the left, according to court documents.

Court records indicate the pursuit continued down US-62 and then onto Tri-County Highway at speeds ranging between 60-70 MPH. Felekey eventually pulled into a driveway at 10439 Tri-County Highway and parked in front of a garage.

Felekey then allegedly exited her vehicle and refused to comply with the orders of the officer. She was quoted as saying, “I got to get into this house.”

Upon being taken to the ground, a physical scuffle took place between the trooper and Felekey for approximately 2 minutes before he was able to handcuff her. According to the trooper, he injured his left thumb at some point during this scuffle.

According to court records, a second trooper arrived and aided in placing Felekey inside of the first trooper’s patrol car. However, after being seatbelted in the vehicle, Felekey was supposedly able to break free from the handcuffs and allegedly began taunting the officers. When attempting to place the handcuffs back on her, the troopers allegedly engaged in another scuffle, which they say lasted for approximately 4 minutes.

While Felekey was being taken down in the driveway during that scuffle, the second trooper broke his right ankle, according to the court documents.

The court documents continue, saying another Ohio State Highway Patrol officer and a Brown County Sheriff deputy arrived on scene to assist, and they held Felekey down until medical personnel could arrive to check her and themselves for injuries. Felekey reportedly made several threats to harm her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend, who lived inside of the residence, at that time.

Several prescription antidepressants, antipsychotics and anxiety medications were found inside of Felekey’s vehicle, and it was learned she was being sought for a protection order to be served against her after a previous incident that involved her at that residence.

Felekey was transported to Clermont Mercy Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and 72-hour hold, and then later brought to the Brown County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday evening, Oct 21. She has been charged with third-degree felony fleeing and eluding, fifth-degree felony obstructing official business, and first-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest.

The second trooper was brought to Mt. Orab Mercy Hospital and determined to have dislocated his right ankle. Two attempts to reset his ankle failed before he was moved to Anderson Mercy Hospital for a third attempt which succeeded. The trooper was put on medical leave and will require surgery to repair the multiple fractures he sustained in the incident.

Man arrested for making false report to 911

Matthew Luithle
Matthew Luithle

A Brown County man has been arrested after he allegedly called 911 and made false statements.

According to Corporal Eric Lang, on or about Sunday, Oct 18, Matthew Luithle, age 31, called 911 and told the dispatcher he had a gun to his brother’s head at his home on McCafferty Road in Perry Township, and he was about to kill him.

It was later determined Luithle was actually calling 911 due to a possible broken arm, Lang said.

Luithle was arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor inducing panic. He is currently being held at the Brown County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

Woman shot during confrontation over stolen firearm, man arrested

Christopher D. Turner
Christopher D. Turner

A Brown County woman was shot on Friday evening, Oct 16 during a struggle for a stolen firearm, local media reported.

The woman, identified as Teva Highfield, age 39, was in her vehicle following the suspect, identified as Christopher Turner, age 26, when she confronted him about the gun at the intersection of SR 32 and Olive Branch-Stonelick Road in Batavia Township, Clermont County. She accused Turner of breaking into her home in Sardinia, Brown County, and stealing the firearm.

Highfield walked up to Turner’s vehicle as the two were stopped at a traffic light, and the verbal argument turned physical when she began to struggle with the suspect over the firearm. A round discharged, striking Highfield in the hand.

Highfield then went to the nearby Clermont Mercy Hospital, who contacted AirCare to fly her to University Hospital. Officials said her injuries were not serious or life-threatening.

Turner is being held in the Clermont County Jail on $50,000 bond, charged with fourth-degree felony improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle. He is set to appear in court on Monday morning, Oct 19, and more charges could be pending.

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