I was pregnant with my last child in the summer of 03 when I heard about Fallon Tallent. I was working online for a records retrieval company when I heard the live news report of the police chasing her at high speeds down I-40. I stopped working and stared at the screen with interest. It seemed it was a young girl, barely a woman, racing down the Interstate not 60 miles from my house.
Reports say Fallon Tallent was on the tail end of a seven day crack binge that day. She was racing through Mt. Juliet and caught the attention of the police. Her speeds reached over 100 mph and they attempted to stop her using sting strips – the spiked strips police unroll across the road to puncture tires of absconding cars.
Fallon had been caught in this manner before and when she saw the strips go down she swerved, killing two policemen that day, Sergeant Jerry Mundy and Deputy John Musice.
Fallon is big news in the convict writing world. Her romantic entanglements with Tennessee death row diva, Christa Pike, often make headlines and her artwork and poetry turn up for sale online occasionally.
I have thought many times about Fallon. How could a girl so young end up careening down the interstate at top speed? Where did she come from? Where was she going?
She will have to serve 102 years before being eligible for parole.