A woman is facing multiple charges including abandonment of a minor after allegedly leaving her child in the car she used to flee from police.
Tonya Louis Shuler, 32, of Harlan, was arrested on Sunday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jake Spurlock.
According to the warrant obtained by Spurlock, Shuler evaded police on March 5 when she continued to drive her Chevrolet in a reckless manner at a high rate of speed on KY 987 from Cawood to Smith when police attempted to pull her over. She took the car off road onto a four-wheeler road in order to elude the police. When she reached a point where the car could go no further, she left her car. She also left her minor child inside the car, telling the juvenile the police would take the child to the grandfather. Shuler placed the child in substantial danger of serious physical injury by her actions, and by deserting the 9-year-old in the car at 2 a.m.
Shuler was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, abandonment of a minor, reckless driving, no registration receipt, failure to produce insurance card, driving on a DUI suspended license, endangering the welfare of a minor, speeding and first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle).
She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Jonathan Victor Felosi, 37, of Benham, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Benham City Police Chief Ryan Shepherd on Thursday. Felosi was indicted for first-degree promoting contraband, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, giving officer a false name or address, resisting arrest and menacing. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $3,000 full cash bond;
• Charles Harris, 18, of Wallins, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Branden Watts on Saturday. Harris was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading (on foot), tampering with physical evidence, menacing, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and first-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $15,000 full cash bond.
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