Accused speedster has ankle monitor removed, told 'absolutely no driving whatsoever'
Jul 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM
A Norwalk woman accused of speeding away from a police officer is prohibited from driving while her case is pending.
Jacquelin M. Warner, 20, of 26 Spring St., was in Huron County Common Pleas Court with her attorney, Bill Owens, on Wednesday. Warner earlier posted a $20,000 bond.
Judge Jim Conway approved Owens' motion to have his client's ankle monitor removed. However, the judge quickly reminded Warner she needs to take very seriously the condition of her bond that prohibits her from driving.
"Absolutely no driving whatsoever," Conway told her.
The judge mentioned there had been some plea negotiations between Owens and Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff. Conway told Warner that any violation of her bond would send her to jail and possibly jeopardize any subsequent plea deal.
Warner is charged with one felony count each of disobeying a police officer and aggravated possession of drugs through Norwalk Municipal Court. The charges are in connection with an April 24 high-speed chase which lasted about 25 minutes and involved Monroeville Police Sgt. Frank Gleason and the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
"She hasn't been indicted, but her case has been bound over (from municipal court)," Woodruff said.
When Gleason stopped Warner on U.S. 20 between Fort Monroe near the industrial park and Ohio 99 in connection with "traveling 22 miles over the speed limit," Gleason determined the suspect had a suspended license.
Gleason, as he issued a citation, said he told Warner she needed to have a licensed driver retrieve her vehicle, but she said since the BMV didn't notify her about her suspension, she planned to continue driving.
"She put it in drive and took off at a high rate of speed," Gleason earlier told the Reflector.
Warner went northbound on Ohio 99. Police said as she approached a sharp curve in the 4700 block, she went off the left side of the road. Warner then overcorrected, crossed the center line and went off the left side again before her vehicle spun sideways.
She stopped in a nearby driveway.
"Unbelievably, she was able to get the vehicle going again," said Gleason, who estimated Warner exceeded 90 mph while going eastbound on Ohio 113.
Warner next drove down Lovers Lane Road and turned onto Whittlesey Road toward Norwalk. She was arrested without incident at her home and transported to the Huron County Jail.
Four days later, Bellevue police stopped Warner on Thomas Drive and charged her with driving with a suspended license.