Dayton woman in deadly police chase ‘great candidate’ to avoid prison, lawyer says

A Dayton woman who pleaded guilty in a deadly Moraine police chase that killed an uninvolved motorist in Miami Twp. is seeking to avoid prison time, court records show.

Alyssa Irwin-Debraux, 19, was convicted in December of involuntary manslaughter, failure to comply and grand theft of a motor vehicle in the Sept. 11 chase that claimed the life of area Realtor Mary Taulbee.

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“It is respectfully recommended that if the defendant is not placed on community control, that she be given the minimum prison term for each charge,” according to a filing from her attorney, Keith Fricker.

Debraux, who is set to be sentenced Monday, “can be a great candidate for community control,” according to the motion filed last week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

The high-speed chase involving Moraine police officer Matt Barrie began after a Jeep was reported stolen and Barrie spotted a vehicle on Ohio 741 matching its description, authorities said.

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Authorities said Barrie sought to stop the Jeep, but it fled, heading south into Miami Twp., where records show it reached more than 80 miles per hour, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

During the chase, a car heading north on Ohio 741 attempted to pull over into another lane to prevent being hit by the Jeep, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The car hit the back of a Hyundai being driven by Taulbee, a 57-year-old longtime Realtor who had worked in Dayton, Englewood, Lebanon, Miamisburg, Springboro and Washington Twp.

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The impact caused Taulbee to lose control of the car and spin in front of the Moraine cruiser, authorities said.

The cruiser struck the Hyundai, killing Taulbee.

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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