Police: Man beat and strangled girlfriend, led officers on chase - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police: Man beat and strangled girlfriend, led officers on chase

Dimitrie Colbert (Source: Memphis Police Department) Dimitrie Colbert (Source: Memphis Police Department)

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man has been charged with killing his girlfriend before leading police on a high speed chase.

Dimitrie Colbert, 19, was charged Monday with first degree murder.

According to police, Colbert killed his girlfriend, Janette Corria, early Sunday morning and stuffed her into his car.

Earlier in the evening, Corria attended a WWE event at FedExForum.  After the show, she texted her father to let him know she was going home.  She was never heard from again.

Hours later, officers responding to a call in the 200 block of Chelsea spotted Colbert driving south on Dunlap, and attempted to pull him over.  Colbert refused, and police chased him until he crashed near Alabama and North Lauderdale.

After the crash, police found Corria's body in the back of the car. Investigators said she died of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

According to an affidavit of complaint, Colbert admitted to driving Corria across the Mississippi River into Arkansas.  She managed to briefly escape in West Memphis, the affidavit said, but he recaptured her.

Colbert told investigators he doubled back, and exited to a remote part of Mound City Road near I-55, where he made several attempts to kill her, and ended up running over her several times with his car.

Then, Colbert he allegedly put Corria's body back in his car and drove back to his apartment.

Colbert suffered minor injuries in the crash. He remains in police custody.

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