Prosecutors charge Tacoma woman accused of crashing drunk after high-speed chase

Staff writerFebruary 27, 2014 

A suspected drunken driver who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase Tuesday before crashing a stolen car into a truck in Tacoma has pleaded not guilty to a slew of criminal charges related to the incident.

Regina Napoleon, 21, was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving without a license and damage to an attended vehicle.

Pierce County Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered her jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Prosecutors said other charges may be filed.

A Washington State Patrol trooper tried to stop the 2011 Chevy Impala Napoleon was driving south on Interstate 5 after noticing that she was traveling nearly 100 miles per hour and weaving in and out of lanes.

Instead of pulling over, Napoleon allegedly sped up and exited the freeway at Port of Tacoma and passed several vehicles stopped for a red light as she continued to Marine View Drive.

The trooper decided to stop chasing her in the residential area but kept patrolling the area searching for her. A passerby directed him toward Napoleon, where several witnesses saw her cross a raised median on Norpoint Way and hit a Toyota pickup truck.

Two people inside the truck suffered minor injuries. Napoleon was trying to walk away when the trooper arrived.

She was detained at gunpoint and admitted to smoking methamphetamine and drinking alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel, according to charging papers.

A breathalyzer test taken after her arrest showed her blood alcohol content level was .137, charging papers show. The legal limit is .08.

Troopers also said they recovered several identification cards that did not belong to Napoleon.

This isn’t the first time Napoleon has gotten into trouble.

She pleaded guilty in May to unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two months in jail.

In that incident, she was caught riding in a stolen car and was found with meth and Oxycodone.

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