Florida Man in Kentucky Arrested With Dead Woman in Car After High-Speed Chase

Florida Man David Maurice Reed, 54, of St. Petersburg, is in the Laurel County Kentucky Jail after a multi-county high-speed pursuit ended with Kentucky State Troopers discovering a dead female in the back of his SUV.

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David Maurice Reed

According to Kentucky State Police Post 11 Public Affairs Officer Scottie Pennington, it went a little like this.

State troopers attempted a traffic stop on Reed’s SUV driving carelessly along I-75 near mile marker 83. Reed initially pulled over and stopped, but when troopers approached the vehicle, he took off at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit went through multiple counties, including Madison, Rockcastle, and Laurel. When the chase entered Laurel County, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies assisted in getting this vehicle to slow down.

Continuing through Laurel County, the vehicle struck several Kentucky State Police cruisers. The troopers got the car stopped near the Daniel Boone National Forest and got Reed detained.

“Troopers located what they thought to be a body in the back seat of the vehicle. On further investigation, they did locate a deceased female in the back of the SUV.”

The victim, described as a female by authorities, was found in a plastic tote. The woman had injuries to her face from what Troopers said was an “edged weapon.”

“This is a unique case. It’s just troopers and officers just out doing their job,” Pennington said. “You think you’ve got a pursuit, and you find this.”

The identity of the woman, whose body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy, was not yet released pending identification and notification of family members.

Reed reportedly admitted to troopers that he had gotten into an altercation with the woman and said he had choked her.

“We’re trying to find out where this crime happened at – whether it happened on the interstate or if it happened in another county or another state,” he added. “That’s the thing that the troopers and other investigators are trying to put together.”

Reed was transported to the Laurel County Correctional Center and has been charged with murder-domestic violence, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest, careless driving, and no operator’s license.

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Reed is scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning.


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