Case against Dayton woman accused in deadly police chase continued

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A longtime area Realtor was killed in a police chase in which she was not involved on Sept. 11, 2018.

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UPDATED @ 10:06 a.m.:

A Dayton woman accused of a theft that led to a deadly high-speed police chase appeared in court today.

The case against Alyssa Irwin-DeBraux was continued until Oct. 29.

Alyssa Irwin-DeBraux, a Dayton woman accused of a theft that led to a deadly high-speed police,  appeared in a Montgomery County court Oct. 15.  STAFF PHOTO/NICK BLIZZARD
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Alyssa Irwin-DeBraux, a Dayton woman accused of a theft that led to a deadly high-speed police, appeared in a Montgomery County court Oct. 15. STAFF PHOTO/NICK BLIZZARD

The defendant's attorney is seeking more time for his client, who has been in jail since the Sept. 11 crash that killed Mary Taulbee of Lebanon.

INITIAL REPORT:

More charges may be sought against a Dayton woman accused of causing a high-speed police chase in Moraine that led to a deadly wreck when she appears during a scheduled court appearance Monday.

Alyssa Irwin-Debraux, 18, has been in the Montgomery County Jail on grand theft since the fatal Sept. 11 collision on Ohio 741 involving a police cruiser going about 80 miles per hour and an uninvolved local Realtor who later died, records show.

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Moraine Officer Matt Barrie was pursuing Irwin-Debraux in a Jeep authorities said she stole when his cruiser collided at Carnation Road with a car driven by Mary Taulbee of Lebanon in what one police chief called “a horrible, tragic incident.”

About 20 law enforcement and safety forces from at least four jurisdictions responded to the scene. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash was prompted by a Centerville driver colliding with Taulbee, a 57-year-old who worked in Dayton, Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Washington Twp.

A scheduling conference on Irwin-Debraux’s case is expected today, court officials said. Her attorney said there have been discussions with a prosecutor about a possible homicide charge, one of a variety of counts police have said could be filed in the case.

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She was indicted last month on grand theft in connection with the stolen Jeep. A judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

Irwin-Debraux said she stole the Jeep to escape a rape, according to witness statements made in a Miami Twp. police report obtained by this news organization through a public records request.

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