A 19 year old Salem woman is facing better than a dozen charges after an incident on Sunday night in Vandalia. Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray says the Vandalia Police Department was dispatched to the parking lot east of 507 West Orchard Street at 9:07 on Sunday night for a suspicious female sitting in a truck that appeared to be under the influence of some sort of intoxicant. Chief Ray says when the officer arrived, 19 year old Hailey M. Budde of Salem, allegedly yelled that she could not go back to jail. Chief Ray says the vehicle then sped off north bound on 5th Street. The Vandalia PD officer attempted a traffic stop, but Chief Ray says that Budde disobeyed the stop sign at 5th & Fletcher Streets, at Gochenour & 6th, and at 6th at Veterans Avenue. The vehicle then went east bound on Veterans Avenue. Chief Ray says the officer then deactivated emergency lights and siren due to the vehicle refusing to stop. The officer maintained visual on the suspect vehicle southbound on Kennedy Boulevard. Chief Ray says the officer observed the suspect vehicle allegedly traveling 81 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone. Then, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies began a pursuit of the vehicle and the Vandalia PD officer was able to assist when the vehicle was stopped in the 1300 block of Johnson Street.
Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith added that a Sheriff’s Deputies car was damaged when the vehicle was boxed in and Sheriff Smith says it did about $1200 worth of damage. Budde is in the Fayette County Jail on pending charges including Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Police, Criminal Damage to State Supported Property, Criminal Damage to Real Property, and about 10 different traffic charges. Sheriff Smith added they have learned the truck that Budde was driving was allegedly stolen from Boggs Repair in Bluff City. So, Sheriff Smith says an added charge for Vehicle Theft will be coming today.