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Mont Vernon woman leads police on pursuit through three towns

MONT VERNON — A woman who was reported missing late last year and later located in Florida was arrested this week for allegedly leading police on a pursuit through three communities.

According to police, Kathleen Ann Colburn, 30, of Mont Vernon, refused to pull over her vehicle when police attempted to stop her for driving with a suspended license on Sunday.

Officer Michael Barritt of the Mont Vernon Police Department used his cruiser’s blue emergency lights and audible siren, but Colburn allegedly failed to stop her car, continuing to travel from Wilton Road in Mont Vernon to Lyndeborough and Milford.

According to authorities, Colburn called 911 during the pursuit to report she didn’t feel comfortable stopping for police even though dispatchers confirmed it was a legitimate traffic stop. She was eventually forced to stop her vehicle in Milford when a tractor-trailer blocked her car at an intersection, police said in a release.

There were no injuries during the three-mile pursuit, which included speeds of up to nearly 40 mph.

Sgt. Aaron Daigneault said Colburn was arrested and charged with driving after suspension, disobeying an officer, resisting arrests and breach of bail conditions.

“I don’t know why she called 911,” said Daigneault, adding Colburn acknowledged to dispatchers that she knew it was a Mont Vernon police officer trying to pull her over. However, she insisted she felt uncomfortable being stopped by local police, said Daigneault.

According to police, Colburn was already out on bail for separate charges pending in Milford.

Her bail was initially set at $5,000 cash, and Colburn was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at the 9th Circuit Court, Milford District Division.

Last November, local police sought assistance from the FBI when Colburn’s family reported that she was missing. Two weeks after her disappearance, she was located in Jacksonville, Fla. At the time, police officials said they were trying to be sensitive to the Colburn family in releasing additional information about the case.


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