Trial date set for Dayton woman accused of prompting deadly police chase

UPDATED @ 10:09 a.m.:

A trial date has been set for a Dayton woman accused of prompting a deadly police chase.

Alyssa Irwin-DeBraux's will stand trial Nov. 19, a judge said today.

A not guilty plea has been entered for Irwin-DeBraux on a grand theft charge stemming from the Sept. 11 theft of a Jeep.

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The theft led to a high-speed Moraine police chase in which a local Realtor collided with a cruiser driven by Officer Matt Barrie.

Mary Taulbee of Lebanon died from injuries sustained in the crash, authorities said.


The Dayton woman accused of a car theft that prompted a deadly high-speed Moraine police chase in Miami Twp. is set to be back in court today.

Alyssa Irwin-DeBraux, 18, has been in custody since the Sept. 11 crash on Ohio 741 involving Moraine Officer Matt Barrie and Mary Taulbee.

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Authorities said Irwin-DeBraux stole a Jeep in Harrison Twp. that the owner tracked by GPS to Moraine. Records show Barrie spotted a vehicle matching the stolen Jeep’s description, attempted to perform a traffic stop and then pursued it on Ohio 741 from Moraine to Miami Twp., reaching 85 miles per hour, more than twice the speed limit.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the southbound pursuit resulted in fatal collision at Carnation Road involving Barrie and Taulbee, 57, who had worked for years in Dayton, Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Washington Twp.

The northbound car driven by Taulbee was propelled into the southbound lane after colliding with a car driven by a Centerville man, according to highway patrol. Brandon Miller, 32, wrecked seeking to avoid the oncoming Jeep, officials said.

Irwin-DeBraux was arrested that night on suspicion of grand theft in connection with the stolen Jeep after it flipped minutes later near the Dayton Mall. She has since been in the Montgomery County Jail, where she is being held on a $25,000 cash bond, records show

Irwin-DeBraux has been since been indicted on that charge. A not guilty plea has been entered on her behalf and authorities said more charges are expected.


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