Details released in woman’s high-speed chase

What started out as routine surveillance by Cobb County deputies Thursday afternoon ended with Mieesha Kingstro, 36, accused of taking her mother and two children on a high-speed chase down I-75 through three counties.

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office was watching a house Thursday where they believed Kingstro’s daughter, Nichole Cunningham, lived. Cunningham was wanted on several charges, including theft and failure to appear in court.

While police were watching, another car approached, driven by Kingstro. A Cobb deputy attempted to pull the car over, but it took off. Also inside the car were Kingstro’s mother, Ieela Kingstro, and two children, ages 3 and 1.

It turned out Mieesha Kingstro had a warrant out for her arrest for felony shoplifting.

“The suspect fled onto I-75 North with speeds reaching over 90 mph, still ignoring the deputy’s attempts to stop her vehicle,” said Col. Don Hunton of the Cobb Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy was forced to stop the pursuit, but Cobb alerted area officers.

A Bartow deputy found the car just a short time later while doing a routine speed detection. The vehicle continued down I-75 at speeds in excess of 120 mph, according to the incident report. An Adairsville police officer also joined the pursuit.

Finally, the Georgia State Patrol set up a spike strip near mile marker 315 to stop the car, but the driver turned sharply onto the median to avoid the strip. The car hit a concrete culvert and left the ground, knocking off the rear passenger tire, according to the report.

Police said Kingstro then fled on foot, leaving her mother and two children in the car. She later was apprehended. “The children were unrestrained in the floorboard of the car,” Hunton said.

Ieela Kingstro told police she tried to get her daughter to stop the car.

“She stated she thought she and the children were going to die,” according to the incident report.

Mieesha Kingstro is being held in the Bartow County Jail on felony charges of fleeing and attempting to to elude, driving while under the influence of drugs, two counts of child endangerment, two counts of cruelty to children, two counts of felony shoplifting, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.

Cunningham remains at large, authorities said.