Kentucky woman charged after home invasion, van theft and chase

HENDERSON, KY (WAVE) - Authorities say it started with a stolen car and ended in a chase, spike strips, and an arrest in a church parking lot around 4 a.m. March 30 in Henderson County. What happened in the middle was just plain bizarre.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office says Lorie Stevens stole a car, then broke into the home of a sleeping family. The victim, Tabitha Inge, told deputies she awoke to find Stevens standing over her wielding a knife.

According to Inge, Stevens forced her to cook a meal for her and load computers, mail and other items into Inge's van. That's when deputies say Stevens told Inge she was going to assume Inge's identity and ordered Inge to help her die her hair. Deputies say Stevens was able to get to a rifle, and tried to shoot, but the gun didn't work.

"They got into a physical struggle and she hit her with a rifle, hit the suspect with a rifle," said Chief Deputy David Crafton off the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. "You know, hit, kicked … they were in a fight."

Crafton says Stevens then took off in the Inge's gray minivan.

"She could have broken into someone else's house, was one thing we were worried about. We were in pursuit of her this morning, kids were out waiting for school buses. Everything about this was dangerous," Crafton said.

The sheriff's office they put the word out to the media in an effort to catch Stevens and it worked. A man spotted the van in Henderson County.

"Because we were able to get it out to the public, they knew to call it in when they saw the van and that's how we found it. We wouldn't have found it that quickly otherwise," said Crafton.

Deputies set up spike strips and eventually caught Stevens in a church parking lot.

According to deputies, Stevens who is now in the hospital now because of injuries she got in the fight, did not know Inge.

Inge received some cuts to her face.

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