Woman leads authorities on chase after drug investigation

Published 11:32 pm Thursday, January 20, 2022

Deputies of the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a narcotics investigation in the Junction City area. During the investigation, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Bonta Lane. The vehicle fled heading toward Danville.

The vehicle continued into Danville, entered US-150, and headed toward Stanford. The vehicle continued into Stanford and entered a driveway on US-150 across from 78. Realizing she was at a residence she attempted to get out and rammed a Boyle County cruiser. A Lincoln County cruiser then pinned the car in and the vehicle became stuck in the mud. A brief struggle ensued with the suspect where she was quickly placed into custody.

Deputies located approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, approximately 10 grams of heroin, and cash. Deputies also learned that the subject had ingested heroin during the pursuit leading to an overdose. A deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began administering medical aid on the subject prior to the arrival of Lincoln County EMS. The subject was arrested and transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center before being transported to the Boyle County Detention Center where she was lodged.

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Arrested was Billie Tharp of Lexington, KY. Tharp was charged with:
• Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Drugs
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Meth & Heroin)
• Fleeing/Evading 1st Degree(Motor Vehicle)
• Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
• Drug Paraphernalia
• Numerous traffic offenses

Billie Tharp also had 18 active warrants for her arrest from Anderson, Boone, Boyle, Lincoln, Mercer, Rockcastle, and Woodford counties.

Major shoutout to Danville 911, Bluegrass 911, Danville Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Stanford Police Department, Garrard County Sheriff’s Office, and Lincoln County EMS.

Sheriff Derek Robbins asked that if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our office at 859-238-1123. You can remain anonymous.