Woman arrested after chase, accident

Staff writerFebruary 26, 2014 

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

After being arrested, the woman scolded the trooper, saying, “Take it easy. I’m drunk.”

A trooper tried to pull the woman’s vehicle over about 9 a.m. after spotting it traveling 96 miles per hour on southbound Interstate 5 near 54th Avenue East. Instead of stopping, the woman left the interstate at Port of Tacoma Road and sped down Marine View Drive.

The trooper chased the woman, her car reaching speeds of 100 mph in residential areas with a posted speed limit of 45 mph, trooper Guy Gill said. The trooper broke off the pursuit because of safety concerns.

Other 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 hit a Toyota pickup.

Two people inside the pickup were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The woman left the Chevrolet Impala she’d been driving — it had been reported stolen Monday from Federal Way — and tried to walk 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, adding the woman is under investigation for ID theft.

The woman, who did not have a driver’s license, allegedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine Tuesday morning. 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.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 stacia.glenn@ thenewstribune.com

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