Drunken driver crashes in Tacoma, urges trooper to take it easy on her

Staff writerFebruary 25, 2014 

Photo courtesy of the Washington State Patrol

A 21-year-old drunken woman in a stolen car led troopers on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning before crashing in Tacoma, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A trooper tried to pull the woman over about 9 a.m. after spotting her traveling 96 miles per hour down southbound Interstate 5 near 54th Street. Instead of stopping, the woman exited at Port of Tacoma and sped down Marine View Drive.

She reached speeds of 100 mph in residential areas with a posted speed limit of 45 mph, trooper Guy Gill said. The trooper decided to end the pursuit because of safety concerns.

Concerned drivers began flagging down the trooper and pointing him toward a collision two miles away. The woman apparently tried to turn onto Norpoint Way, crossed over a raised median and struck a Toyota pickup truck.

Two people inside the pickup were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. The woman left the Chevy Impala she’d been driving – which was stolen Monday from Federal Way – and tried walking away from the crash.

Witnesses kept an eye on her and told the trooper she’d tossed items in a nearby bush. The items included drugs, drug paraphernalia and several identification cards that did not belong to her.

Gill said she is under investigation for ID theft.

The woman, who does not have a driver’s license, allegedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine Tuesday morning. After being arrested, she scolded the trooper to “Take it easy, I’m drunk.”

She was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of felony eluding, possession of felony narcotics, DUI, hit-and-run and first-degree possession of stolen property.

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