A Norwalk woman with a suspended driving license reportedly sped away from a traffic stop, crashed her vehicle and then led an officer on a high-speed chase back to her residence Thursday.
The traffic stop involving Jacquelin M. Warner, 20, of 26 Spring St., happened on U.S. 20 between Fort Monroe near the industrial park and Ohio 99 in Monroeville. Police Sgt. Frank Gleason made the stop at 10:15 a.m.
"She was traveling 22 miles over the speed limit," Gleason said.
After the officer made contact with Warner, he determined she had a suspended license.
"She said she was never notified by the BMV and was going to continue to drive," Gleason said.
Gleason, as he issued Warner a citation, said he told Warner she needed to have a licensed driver retrieve her vehicle, but she again 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 said.
Warner went northbound on Ohio 99. As she approached a "sharp curve" in the 4700 block, she went off the left side. Warner then overcorrected, crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road again before her vehicle spun sideways, Gleason said.
The vehicle stopped in the driveway at 4771 Ohio 99, Monroeville.
"Unbelievably, she was able to get the vehicle going again," Gleason said.
Warner went eastbound on Ohio 113 "at speeds exceeding 90 mph," he said. The posted speed limit is 55 mph. Warner next drove down Lovers Lane Road and turned onto Whittlesey Road toward Norwalk.
"She ended up driving back to her residence. ... We ended up back there at Spring Street," Gleason said.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office assisted Gleason during the high-speed chase, which lasted about 25 minutes.
Warner was arrested and transported to the Huron County Jail. She was charged with one felony count each of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and possession of drugs. Warner also faces multiple traffic violations, including driving with a suspended license.
Gleason said he found some prescription pills in the suspect's vehicle, but declined to say where he made the discovery.