Woman leads police on chase after attempted traffic stopWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | email@example.com
By Jordan Finney and Amanda Tindall, Toledo Free Press Staff Writers
A woman led Toledo Police on a chase, evading a spike strip before finally being stopped but refusing to get out of her vehicle.
Police arrested the woman, who was driving a black Dodge Grand Caravan, near West Central Avenue and Secor Road around 10:40 a.m. June 11.
According to Toledo Police, the woman committed a traffic violation Downtown and refused to pull over for officers when they tried to stop her. Police said she managed to avoid a spike strip at Secor Road and Towerview Boulevard.
“She led officers on a lengthy pursuit through Downtown, and they ended up terminating it,” said TPD Lt. Ron Frederick.
However, the woman was spotted minutes later at a Taco Bell on Airport Highway, and the chase started again, Frederick said. Police stopped her vehicle on West Central Avenue, but she refused to unlock the doors or speak to the officers.
The driver’s seat window was smashed open by officers because the woman “locked the door and refused to open it,” Frederick said.
“When she got out she was very feisty and kicking,” he said at the scene. “We’re just trying to get her to cooperate and calm down.”
The woman sat on the ground in handcuffs, refusing to let officers help her up. A crowd of about 40 people gathered to watch the incident.
Officers said she had “scratches” but no serious injuries. The woman had not been charged with anything as of 11:10 a.m., and was escorted from the scene by Toledo Fire Department crews.
Westbound traffic was blocked on West Central Avenue until police cleared the road around 11:28 a.m.