Miracle at Center and Main: One woman’s experience during car chase


Charlene Campbell had just finished saying a prayer inside of her parked vehicle when she looked up and saw a gun pointed toward her car.

Campbell, the founder of the non-profit organization, Safe Haven Emergency Villages, was parked outside the Family Crisis Center when a high-speed car chase came to an end at the intersection of Center St. and Main St. Thursday afternoon.

Campbell said that at the time, she was on the phone with her assistant who is scheduled to come help with the organization over the weekend.

“So I was like, ‘OK, we should say a prayer. We should really pray and protect you ‘cause you’re gonna be driving out here,’” she said. “So we said this prayer, and I prayed that there would be a shield of white light around my car and that holy angels would protect me and her. Literally within seconds, I turn around and there’s all these cars flying at me.”

Brooks McFadden | Scroll Photography Charlene Campbell relates experience during the car chase that took place in Rexburg Thursday afternoon.

Brooks McFadden | Scroll Photography
Charlene Campbell relates experience during the car chase that took place in Rexburg Thursday afternoon.

Campbell said it the four-wheeler in the bed of the white pick-up flew off the truck and looked like it was coming right at her.

She said she suddenly saw police everywhere with guns, so she ducked down in her car.

“I stayed down for at least several minutes, and I would just check, ‘cause I kept thinking ‘Man if they shoot, it could go right through my window,’ ya know?” she said.

Campbell said she was helped out of her car once police had apprehended the suspect.

“What I’m just rejoicing over right now is that the Lord saved my life,” she said. “He doesn’t want me to die yet, and he didn’t even put a scratch on my car. I believe that I have angels that protected me and that watched over my car and that I have a really important work to do — and that is to do this work I’m doing, which is teaching people how to respond in an emergency situation to childbirth.”



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