Two lead police on chase with children in vehicle

September 12, 2023

Laurel County Sheriff John Root and London City Police Chief Chuck Johnson are reporting two arrests on Hal Rogers Parkway approximately 4 miles west of London on Monday morning September 11, 2023 at approximately 9:30 AM. The arrests occurred following a traffic pursuit which began on I – 75 after a gray colored Mercedes-Benz R350 was observed traveling southbound at an excessive rate of speed. The vehicle exited I – 75 at mile marker 41 ( London's first exit) nearly striking Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Allen Turner and London City Police Officer Brent France. The vehicle traveled westbound on Hal Rogers Parkway at speeds over 90 MPH where it crossed over into the eastbound lane traveling in the wrong direction nearly striking a pickup head-on. The vehicle then lost control and slid around and off the roadway over an embankment striking a culvert filled with mud and water. The female driver was immediately taken into custody. A male passenger attempted to flee on foot and following a brief struggle with officers there, the suspect was taken into custody. Investigators noted that there were five juveniles in the vehicle ranging in ages from two to 15 years old. It was determined through investigation that the male passenger that attempted to flee on foot was a wanted fugitive. There were no injuries to anyone involved. The two arrested individuals were identified as:

• the driver – Hatli Marie Phelps age 41 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin charged with speeding more than 26 mph over the limit; reckless driving; fleeing or evading police – second-degree – motor vehicle; five counts of wanton endangerment – second-degree; two counts of wanton endangerment – second-degree – police officer is victim.

• The male passenger who attempted to flee on foot identified as: Daven Devonte Allen age 41 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin charged with fleeing or evading police – second-degree – on foot; resisting arrest; fugitive from another state.
These two individuals were lodged in the Laurel County correctional center. Photos of accused attached is courtesy of Laurel County correctional center.

Assisting on the investigation were: DCBS( assisting with the children). Assisting at the scene were: troopers from the Kentucky State Police Post 11 London, Other Laurel County Sheriff's deputies and other London City Police officers, Swiss Colony volunteer fire department Ambulance Inc Of Laurel County, London- Laurel Rescue Squad, and Laurel County DPS..