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Driver of stolen police car charged with murder

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The woman who allegedly stole a police crusier that led to a fatal wreck on Saturday night has been charged with murder, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Misty Shelton, 49, of Flintville, was charged with homicide, felony fleeing and theft after she stole a Fayetteville police car and crashed it into an SUV, killing one and injuring four others, including a teenager.

Witnesses at the Marathon gas station on Main Avenue South reported seeing a police car crash into a gas pump.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Shelton pulled onto Maple Street in that stolen police cruiser and T-boned the SUV carrying five people. Henry Holt, 55, of West Point, died and the teen passenger in the SUV remains in stable condition.

Shelton was also injured.

THP Sgt. Bill Miller said Shelton was in the process of being arrested for public intoxication at the time when the police cruiser was stolen.

The report also shows Holt was the only victim not wearing his seatbelt in the SUV, but THP officers said that wouldn't have made a difference in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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