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Woman, Child Carjacked in Independence

A woman and child are safe after a man stole their car in Independence on Thursday morning.

The chain events started with the alleged stealing of a car in Covington, then a crash and carjacking in Independence, and ultimately an arrest in Carroll County by the Kentucky State Police.

Justin Bowlin was arrested after a state trooper observed a silver Honda Accord speeding on I-71 near the 42 mile marker. The trooper attempted to make a stop but Bowlin allegedly continued to flee at a high rate of speed.

Bowlin, 35, then exited at the 28 mile marker, then immediately re-entered the interstate, and at the 27 mile marker he allegedly crossed all south and northbound lanes of traffic before running into a ditch. He fled on foot and was arrested after a brief struggle, according to the state police.

Earlier in the day, Bowlin is alleged to have crashed a vehicle on Cox Road near Fowler Creek. When a woman passing stopped to help, he allegedly stole her car, injuring her. The woman's young child was not injured. The car that was crashed originally is believed to have been stolen in Covington.

Bowlin was charged with speeding, fleeing or evading police 1st degree (motor vehicle), fleeing or evading police 2nd degree (on foot), criminal mischief 2nd degree, reckless driving, improper passing, following another vehicle too closely, operating on suspended license, wanton endangerment 1st police officer, receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest.

Bowlin was lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center and the investigation is ongoing by Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg.

-Staff report

Photo: Justin Bowlin (provided)

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