Two teens killed after early morning police chase


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 24 at 12:01 AM

(WHAS 11) – Hwy 146 West in the 4300 block in Buckner re-opened Saturday night after two young teens died in an early morning crash.

According to Oldham County police, officers attempted to stop a vehicle driving without its head lights turned on at West Jefferson and Dawkins Road around 3:18 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle did not stop and continued on at a high rate of speed.

According to police, the chase lasted more than 3 miles. The driver, 15 year-old Michael Tanner Wheat, crashed into a parked car and then hit a utility pole. 

Joshua Henry lives across the street from where the crash happened. He says a loud bang woke him.

" The car was laying on top of a telephone pole that it had snapped. But the car that it hit was a four door vehicle that was crunched up small enough that all that was left pretty much was the hood," said Henry.

Henry said when he looked out the window he saw a body in the road.

"She had no kind of movement," said Henry.

According to friends, the passenger, Autumn Marie Foree, 14, was Wheat's girlfriend. She was transported to University Hospital and was later pronounced dead around 9 a.m.

Foree's neighbor and classmate, Rachel Baines, described Foree as someone who always spoke her mind.

" She was great. She always had a smile on her face," said Baines.

Foree just graduated from Oldham County Middle School.

The accident and cause of death are still under investigation.

Hwy 146 West in the 4300 block in Buckner re-opened around 9 p.m Saturday. It was closed in both directions while workers repaired the utility poles.

Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to call the Oldham County Police at (502) 222-1300.