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Pair arrested for robbery of Highway 245 store

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By Stephen Thomas

 CLERMONT - With speeds reaching over 80 miles per hour, two suspects were quickly brought into custody for their alleged roles in a robbery that started in Bullitt County.

Jeffrey Dawson, 29, of Louisville, has been charged with robbery.

The driver of the vehicle, Lauren Baker, 30, of Louisville, was charged with complicity to robbery, fleeing or evading police, assault on a peach officer, wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.

According to Mike Murdoch, spokesman for the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began around 4:23 a.m. on Monday.

The Valero convenience store on Highway 245 in Clermont was the subject to a robbery.

The clerk called 911 Central Dispatch and said a male subject came into the store and demanded cash. He implied he had a weapon.

Four minutes later, using the description and license number reported by the clerk, officers from the Shepherdsville Police Department and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office saw the vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 65 near the 117 interchange.

Just before the Brooks exit, police tried to stop the vehicle but it continued. 

The chase went on for about 20 minutes before it concluded in an alley at Second and Florence in downtown Louisville.

A Louisville Metro Police Department officer was slightly hurt when his cruiser was struck by the defendants.

Besides the Shepherdsville Police and Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, other agencies involved included the Hillview Police, Louisville Metro Police and Louisville Metro EMS.

Both were detained in the Bullitt County Detention Center.