OK, here’s what not to say to police when they ask you how fast you thought you were going while trying to avoid a drunken-driving arrest:
“Well, I was trying to get the (bleep!) away from you, so pretty fast!”
Alas, that’s allegedly what a 19-year-old Lakewood woman told an officer late Tuesday night after he finally ran her down and tackled her following a car and/or foot chase.
She’s since been charged with attempting to elude police, DUI, reckless driving, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court and was ordered jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.
The action, according to court documents, began about 11:45 p.m. when a Lakewood cop spotted a car driving erratically near 116th Street SW and Huggins Meyer Road.
The vehicle was traveling at speeds upwards of 60 mph in a 35 mph zone and almost hit the officer’s patrol car, which was headed in the opposite direction. The officer hung a U-turn, activated his lights and sirens and gave chase.
The driver allegedly “slammed on her brakes, screeched her tires and spun her car around to face (the officer’s) patrol vehicle,” court records show. “She accelerated towards (the officer) and came within inches of striking (him) head-on.”
She allegedly pushed her speeds to nearly 80 mph with the officer in pursuit but lost control and crashed into a ditch in the 8500 block of 112th Street Southwest, records show.
Then she got out and ran. The officer gave chase and eventually tackled her.
He immediately recognized the “strong odor of intoxicating liquor” on her breath, the records show. She allegedly admitted to drinking three shots of vodka and tearfully told the officer she just wanted to go home.
During questioning, the woman allegedly said she ran because she thought if she got inside her house the officer would have no legal right to question her.
She allegedly cried and rambled on the way to the station, where a breath test showed her blood-alcohol level at .167, the records show.
That’s more than twice the legal limit.