61-year-old woman arrested after chase

A Kentucky woman was arrested Monday in Upshur County after she attempted to flee from an officer’s vehicle at speeds reaching nearly 80 mph, police said.

Connie Lilian Cordle, 61, of 201 Ridge St., Russell, Ky., was pursued by an officer for 1.2 miles until she eventually drove into an area with traffic and pulled off of the road, according to a complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court. She allegedly accelerated to nearly 80 mph when an officer activated emergency lights.

The Upshur County Communications Center had received a call Sunday about a reckless driver headed east in a maroon Ford pick-up truck.

In pursuit of the vehicle, Buckhannon police officer N.D. Caynor noticed that the vehicle swerved across a white traffic line and headed for an area of the road under construction.

Sirens were activated, and the driver nearly lost control as she was leaving city limits, the complaint stated. When traffic prevented the driver from speeding away, she pulled over, exited her vehicle and stumbled, police said.

According to the complaint, she became combative when asked to put her hands behind her back. The complaint stated that preliminary results showed benzodiazephines and amphetamines in Cordle’s system. She was evaluated by emergency medical staff.

Her bond was set at $25,000, and at presstime she was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.