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Louisville woman accused of stealing Kia, fleeing police at over 100 mph

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Heather Hope Swindler (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Heather Hope Swindler (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman has turned herself in weeks after she allegedly stole a car and led police on a high-speed chase.

According to an arrest warrant, it all started on Feb. 16, when 51-year-old Heather Swindler and an accomplice visited Kia of Louisville. Police say the pair took a vehicle worth $13,000 out for a test drive -- but never returned it. Representatives of Kia and the Saint Matthews Police Department tried to contact Swindler and her accomplice, according to the warrant, but their calls were not returned.

A couple of weeks later, on March 2, Jeffersontown Police had their own run-in with Swindler. According to another arrest warrant, police spotted Swindler driving a vehicle without a visible license plate in the parking lot of the Kroger near the corner of Hurstbourne Parkway and Taylorsville Road. 

Police pulled Swindler over and obtained her driver's license, but she could not provide proof of insurance on the vehicle she was driving, according to the warrant. However, police say they could see a tag from a car dealership in the window.

While running the car tag and Swindler's information, the officer soon discovered that the vehicle Swindler was driving had been reported stolen, and that Swindler herself was wanted for theft.

The officer then walked back to the vehicle Swindler was driving and asked her to roll down the window. According to the arrest warrant, Swindler not only refused to roll down the window, but she also drove off at a high rate of speed, "driving through the parking lot in a reckless manner, running at least three stop signs."

Police say she then pulled out onto Hurstbourne Parkway and drove through a red light at the corner of Hurstbourne Parkway and Taylorsville Road, nearly striking several vehicles and traveling at speeds that police estimated to be in excess of 100 mph. 

Police say they pursued her, but only for a short distance. Over the course of that pursuit, Swindler allegedly ran at least three red lights.

"There was heavy traffic in the area at the time and the pursuit was stopped at Hurstbourne and Shelbyville Road," police say.

The Jeffersontown Police officer still had her driver's license, according to the warrant. It was soon learned that Swindler did not live at the address listed on her license.

Police did not catch up with Swindler. According to an arrest report, she turned herself in on Monday, May 11. She is charged with -- among other things -- theft by unlawful taking, receipt of stolen property and fleeing or evading police.

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