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Williamson County woman charged with arson after police pursuit

Linda C. Ambrose (Source: Facebook) Linda C. Ambrose (Source: Facebook)
2798 Dr. Springs Road 2798 Dr. Springs Road
2798 Dr. Springs Road 2798 Dr. Springs Road
2798 Dr. Springs Road 2798 Dr. Springs Road
2798 Dr. Springs Road 2798 Dr. Springs Road
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A Williamson County woman was put behind bars late Saturday afternoon following a 2-county police pursuit.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Linda C. Ambrose of Dr. Springs Road was arrested and held without bond on felony traffic charges. Sheriff Bennie Vick says Ambrose is also charged with residential arson, and other charges will be forthcoming on Monday.

Her husband Richard Ambrose says it all began after the two had an argument over some family problems.

"She misconstrued it and she lost control," said Ambrose.

"She thought I was asking her for a divorce and all this. And all I was telling her was let's just split apart for a little bit. And that's when she decided, I guess she wanted to kill me."

Investigators say Ambrose was pursued from her home by 1 Williamson County deputy and 3 assisting officers from the Hurst Police Department into southwest Jackson County.

The sheriff's office says Ambrose was alleged to be involved in a domestic dispute in Carbondale early Saturday afternoon. Investigators say Ambrose left the scene before police arrived.

"Twenty years and I never thought anything like this could happen. It's just something that I can't fathom," said Ambrose.

"The first strike hit me here in the hand and arm and I realized she had a box-cutter in her hand. She said she was going to cut my 'f-ing' heart out."

A Williamson County deputy later found Ambrose at her home on Dr. Springs drive. According to deputies, when they got to the house it was on fire.  Ambrose fled the scene and that's when the pursuit started, according to the sheriff's office.

"My life is totally flipped upside down.And now it's just like there's nothing left, it's just so terrible. I'm still sort of in shock that this has happened to me."

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office and the Williamson County Sheriff's Office are investigating the fire.

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