Woman leads officers on chase, crashes into police cars

11/17/2012 5:02 PM

11/17/2012 5:03 PM

Police have arrested a 30-year-old woman on numerous assault and traffic charges after a high-speed chase on neighborhood streets in north Wichita on Saturday morning.

Sgt. Jeff Davis said that police got a call about a disturbance at a house in the 2300 block of North Poplar shortly after 10 a.m. The two officers who answered the call found the woman nearby parked on the street.

They parked in front and behind her vehicle and got out to question her. She made an obscene gesture and slammed her car first into one patrol car, then the other and took off. One of the officers had to jump out of the way.

For 25 minutes she drove nearly the same loop 11 or 12 times through the neighborhood at up to 70 miles per hour, police say. She blew through 18 stop signs and 4 stoplights. At one point, she came back by the house on North Poplar and hit the patrol car still parked there, and then again hit the patrol car pursuing her. Officers had to lay down tire spikes twice before they got all four tires. And when her tires were shredded, she drove on the rims.

Eventually, Davis said, the car overheated and came to a stop at 19th and Green. Officers quickly approached the car, used a stun gun on her and removed her from the car.

“We were very lucky. There were no other cars or people injured during the chase,” Davis said.

But she wasn’t done. At the hospital, she struggled with officers and kicked one in the face.

He said she has been arrested on two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of simple assault on a law enforcement officer, five counts of criminal damage to property, another charge of criminal damage to property, and many traffic violations, he said.

“It was quite a mess,” Davis said.

After being checked out the hospital and having blood drawn, she was taken to Sedgwick County Jail.

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