Hit and Run Crash Leads to Pursuit of Driver

On Sunday March 14, 2021 at approximately 4:40 pm a victim reported that someone had just crashed into their vehicle and was now attempting to flee the scene in the area of Highway 69 and Prescott Lakes Parkway.  The victim described the vehicle to 911 call takers and a Prescott Police Officer was in the immediate area of the call and was able to quickly locate the suspect vehicle pulling into a local business.  The suspect attempted to strike the victim’s vehicle again then refused to yield to the officer’s marked vehicle while the lights and siren were activated.

The suspect vehicle fled from the officer toward Highway 69 from Prescott Lakes Parkway heading toward Prescott.  Due to the reckless nature and felony charges a pursuit was initiated by officers attempting to stop the vehicle.  The pursuit ended when the suspect turned onto a dead end street where officers then conducted a high risk traffic stop.  The suspect, 36 year old Ashley Chaplin of Glendale, AZ, was taken into custody without further incident.  Impairment was suspected and she was later processed at the Prescott Police Department where it was learned that she was possibly under the influence of drugs.

She was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on several charges including Felony Endangerment, Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run and Felony Unlawful Flight from Pursuing Law Enforcement.

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