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Utah woman led police on high-speed chase down wrong side of highway

Crime » Police say the Roy woman was driving drunk.

First Published Feb 01 2014 11:47 am • Last Updated Feb 02 2014 10:25 pm

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.

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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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