Suspect in Clinton-to-Highland police chase going to prison


Bailey’s release revoked; Williams gets 8 months

By Gary Abernathy - [email protected]



Brooke Lynn Bailey, right, appears in court Thursday with her attorney, Sue Zurface. Bailey, who allegedly led law enforcement agencies on a chase Saturday morning, saw her previous judicial release revoked.


The woman who allegedly led law enforcement agencies on a chase from Clinton County to Highland County early Saturday saw her judicial release revoked Thursday.

Highland County Common Pleas Judge Rocky Coss revoked the judicial release he had granted in September of 2014 for Brooke Lynn Bailey, 25.

Bailey, of Hillsboro had been sentenced in 2013 on a second degree felony burglary charge. Originally sentenced to three years, Coss granted judicial release after Bailey had served about a year in prison, with the condition that she completed the STAR rehabilitation program.

In December of last year, the court learned that Bailey had allegedly violated a condition of her release by being in possession of drugs. She failed to appear Jan. 21 for an evidentiary hearing on that alleged violation. Nine days later, on Jan. 30, is when Bailey allegedly led a multi-agency chase from Wilmington to U.S. 50 in Highland County.

As reported earlier, Bailey was driving a gray Toyota van and entered Highland County on U.S. 50 early Saturday morning while being pursued by officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department, according to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera.

As the pursuit progressed, stop sticks were deployed in several locations along U.S. 50 but were unsuccessful in bringing the vehicle to a stop, according to the sheriff. In an attempt to end the pursuit before Bailey drove into the city of Hillsboro, sheriff’s deputies boxed Bailey’s vehicle in and while doing so, one of the deputy’s vehicle was rammed by the suspect vehicle, Barrera said.

Bailey then allegedly drove the van off the right side of U.S. 50 into an open field where it came to a stop, and a short foot pursuit ensued. Highland County deputies and state patrol officers were able to apprehend Bailey, Barrera said. The sheriff reported that no injuries were sustained as a result of the officer’s vehicle being struck by the van Bailey was allegedly driving.

On Thursday, Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins requested the revocation of Bailey’s judicial release. Bailey’s attorney, Sue Zurface, said Bailey was admitting to the possession of drugs charge.

Bailey told the judge that she was sorry for her actions, and appreciated all he had done for her. She said she tries to learn from her mistakes.

In revoking the judicial release, Coss credited Bailey with the year she spent in prison, along with 118 days spent in the STAR treatment program. Court officials on Thursday did not immediately know the exact amount of time remaining on Bailey’s original sentence, but said it would amount to about a year and a half.

Bailey still faces a charge of failing to comply with the order of a law enforcement officer in regard to last weekend’s chase.

In another hearing Thursday, Jamie L. Williams, 23, Greenfield, was sentenced to eight months in prison for fifth-degree felony breaking and entering after he admitted to violating his community control. Williams was initially sentenced to community control and treatment on the charge last July. Court records show a warrant was issued for his arrest last month when his whereabouts became unknown.

On Thursday he admitted to violating his community control by failing to report multiple times, changing his residence without the permission of his probation officer, consuming prescription medications without a valid prescription, failing to pay restitution, and failing to be assessed for counseling.

Coss questioned Williams on a number of issues, including Williams’ living situation and his reasons for failing to comply with previous court orders. Coss said he was not satisfied that Williams was being truthful.

In another case, Starr M. Hall, 38, Bainbridge, admitted to probation violations that included multiple instances of not reporting to probation officers, associating with persons with whom she is not to permitted to associate, and failing to report contact with law enforcement.

In May 2015, Hall was sentenced to community control and treatment on one count of fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine. She is scheduled to be sentenced in March after she is sentenced in an Adams County case.

Shaylyn Hope McCoy, 19, Hillsboro, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony possession of heroin and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction.

Coss required McCoy to take a drug test prior to sentencing, and the test was negative. But the defendant’s demeanor in the courtroom concerned the judge, who said he thought McCoy was “dope sick.”

He ordered that she be held in custody until going to treatment. He said if he didn’t send her to jail, he did not think she would make it to the counseling center “on her own.”

While McCoy is engaged in the intervention in lieu of conviction program, further prosecution on the case will cease. If she successfully completes the requirements of the program the felony will be dismissed.

Reach Gary Abernathy at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @abernathygary. Angela Shepherd contributed to this story.

Brooke Lynn Bailey, right, appears in court Thursday with her attorney, Sue Zurface. Bailey, who allegedly led law enforcement agencies on a chase Saturday morning, saw her previous judicial release revoked.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_bailey-zurface-2-4-16.jpgBrooke Lynn Bailey, right, appears in court Thursday with her attorney, Sue Zurface. Bailey, who allegedly led law enforcement agencies on a chase Saturday morning, saw her previous judicial release revoked.
Bailey’s release revoked; Williams gets 8 months

By Gary Abernathy

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