Utah woman led police on high-speed chase down wrong side of highway
Crime • Police say the Roy woman was driving drunk.
Published: February 1, 2014 03:15PM
Updated: February 2, 2014 10:25PM

A 36-year-old woman led Centerville police officers on a high-speed chase down the wrong side of Legacy Highway early Saturday, before she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said.

A police sergeant was on his way home in his marked patrol car about 2 a.m. Saturday when he noticed a Silver Chrysler 300 driving south in the northbound lanes on Highway 89, according to a statement released by the Centerville Police Department.

The officer began pursuing the sedan in an attempt to stop the car. During the chase, the Chrysler exceeded 90 mph, police said.

The driver, a woman from Roy, was eventually stopped by road spikes that police had set near 1275 North.

An on-scene blood alcohol test taken about an hour after she was first seen by the officer indicated that her blood alcohol level was .168 — more than twice the legal limit of .08 at which a person is presumed too impaired to drive.

According to police, the woman passed a total of five northbound cars while she was speeding in the wrong direction from Farmington to Centerville.

The woman, who told officers she had left a bar called Liquid Joe’s before hitting the road, was booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of third-degree felony evading police, reckless driving, speeding, going the wrong way and driving under the influence of alcohol. Each charge would carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

Officials shut down northbound traffic at Parrish Lane in Centerville and at 500 South in Woods Cross during the chase.

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