Mary Taulbee was killed Sept. 11 in a high-speed police chase on Ohio 741. The defendant in the case is set to be sentenced Thursday. STAFF

Deadly police chase: Prosecutors seek prison for ‘easily preventable tragedy’

Prosecutors want a Dayton woman who admitted guilt in a deadly police chase through Moraine and Miami Twp. to serve more than 15 years in prison.

Alyssa Irwin-Debraux, who is set to be sentenced Thursday, should serve 11 years for the involuntary manslaughter to which she admitted in the Sept. 11 high-speed chase on Ohio 741 that claimed the life of uninvolved motorist Mary Taulbee, court documents filed by the prosecution state.

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Calling the fatal wreck “an easily preventable tragedy,” prosecutors also said Debraux, 19, should serve 4.5 more years combined for failure to comply and grand theft, charges she admitted to Dec. 20, records show.

Defense attorney Keith Fricker in court filings last month asked Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Michael Krumholtz for leniency – including community control - in sentencing his client, who has no criminal record.

Moraine officer Matt Barrie reached speeds of more than 80 miles per hour in pursuing a stolen Jeep authorities said the defendant was driving on Ohio 741. Barrie’s cruiser collided with a car driven by Taulbee at Carnation Drive.

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Taulbee - a 57-year-old longtime Realtor who had worked in Dayton, Englewood, Lebanon, Miamisburg, Springboro and Washington Twp. - was not involved in the police chase.

Irwin-Debraux continued to flee until she crashed into another vehicle and flipped the Jeep onto its top near the Dayton Mall entrance, police said

She fled on foot to a nearby gas station, where she was arrested by Miami Twp. police.

A grand jury cleared Barrie of any criminal liability.


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