A Salem woman originally facing one felony and about a dozen traffic violations for a Sunday night police chase now faces four felony charges, 2 misdemeanor charges and 19 traffic violations. 19-year old Hailey M. Budde made an appearance in Fayette County Court on Tuesday morning where she was informed of all the charges against her as well as her rights and the possible penalties for each charge. Budde is charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison; one count each of theft and criminal damage to state supported property, both Class 3 felonies punishable by two to five years in prison and one count aggravated fleeing, a Class 4 felony punishable by one to three years in prison. Budde also faces misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and unlawful possession of hypodermic syringe or needle. The 19 traffic violations Budde faces includes multiple counts of disregarding a traffic control device, speeding 35+ mph over the speed limit, drivers license expired for more than year and several others. After being advised of the charges against Budde, a bond hearing was held with bond set at $20,000. Budde has been appointed public defender Bill Starnes and a preliminary hearing in the matter is now set for July 20 at 10am.
The charges against Budde stem from an incident on Sunday night, when she is alleged to have ran from Vandalia Police, allegedly running thru multiple stop signs and reaching a speed of better than 80 miles per hour at one time on Kennedy Boulevard. Budde was eventually stopped, when she was boxed in by Vandalia Police and Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies at the end of Johnson Street. And, Budde allegedly struck a Deputies vehicle with her vehicle, causing about $1200 in damage. It was also later discovered that Budde had allegedly stolen the vehicle she was driving from Boggs Repair in Bluff City.