A London woman who led police in a vehicle pursuit in November 2017 that ended with her hitting her own child was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday.
Jennifer Marie Gray, 34, appeared in Knox County Circuit Court for formal sentencing Friday concerning charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree persistent felony offender and resisting arrest, which she entered a guilty plea to in August as part of an agreement with prosecutors. During the sentencing, Judge Greg Lay ruled to follow the recommendations set for by prosecutors regarding Gray's punishment.
As part of the agreement, prosecutors recommended Gray serve five years for the first three counts, all to be served consecutively--or at the same time. However, it was recommended that sentence be enhanced to eight years for the count of persistent felony offender.
A 12-month sentence was recommended for the count of resisting arrest, which must be served concurrently with the felony charges, per state law.
The remaining counts Gray faced were dismissed as part of the agreement. The dismissed charges include two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault, disregarding a stop sign and failure to or improper signal.
Gray was arrested after a 911 complaint regarding an intoxicated female at a Payne's Creek Road residence in the Hinkle community turned into a police chase. Gray fled the residence following the complaint and was later found by Knox County Deputy Claude Hudson driving a vehicle near the junction of Valentine Branch Road and KY-1304.
Hudson activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle, though Gray allegedly refused to stop, according to a release from the Knox County Sheriff's Department.
Gray allegedly continued to flee in the vehicle, losing control around a curve, traveling into and out of ditch lines on both sides of the road before spinning completely around and striking Hudson's police cruiser.
The release stated that two of the vehicle's passengers, one being Gray's 12-year-old daughter, exited the vehicle while Gray was still driving. The vehicle reportedly struck the child after she jumped out of the vehicle.
Gray then allegedly exited the passenger side of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by Hudson and arrested.
The daughter received minor injuries during the incident and was transported from the scene by Knox County EMS to Barbourville ARH for treatment. Social services were contacted and responded to the hospital as well.
Gray was indicted on her initial charges in February by a Knox County grand jury.
Gray remains jailed in a local facility where she will remain until being turned over to the Kentucky Department of Education.