October 15, 2020

On the evening of Oct. 13, Graves County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jacob Hamm attempted to stop a 2006 Chevrolet Impala on US 45 South in Water Valley for a traffic violation.

The vehicle tried to evade Deputy Hamm by turning onto Depot Street in Water Valley and speeding up to a high rate of speed.

The pursuit of the vehicle continued down Depot Street and onto KY 2422, traveling eastbound. In the area of KY 2422 and Pea Ridge Road, the vehicle ran into a ditch, through a fence and then through a field.

Deputies attempted to get the operator out of the vehicle at that time but the driver was able to flee in the vehicle again and run through another fence and back onto KY 2422.

On Pea Ridge Road, just east of Kingston Road, the driver, Kathy Baker, 43 of Water Valley, lost control of the vehicle and ran off into a ditch. Baker was arrested without further incident.

Baker stated that she fled from deputies because she knew she had warrants out for her arrest. Baker was lodged in the Graves County Jail and charged with the following offenses.

Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree of a Police Officer

Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree

Reckless Driving

Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree

Other Traffic Offenses

Baker was also served with a Fulton County Circuit Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Comply with

Probation and Parole and a Graves County Circuit Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear. It was also

discovered that Baker was wanted out of Pemiscot County, Missouri for a charge of Forgery.

The Graves County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this case by the Kentucky State Police.