Woman crashes during wrong-way chase

November 4, 2012 5:24:50 PM PST
A driver slammed into a pole while allegedly fleeing deputies this morning and is now in critical condition.

According to Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies, a woman in her 20s was driving in the wrong direction off of FM 2100 in east Harris County around 1am.

A deputy patrolling in the area spotted the car driving northbound in the southbound lanes. That's when he attempted to stop the vehicle.

Instead of pulling over, the woman sped off.

"He attempted to make a traffic stop at which time the driver of the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed at approximately 100 miles per hour with no lights," HCSO Sgt. Mike Harvey said.

The deputy chased the vehicle about five miles in about five minutes, but by the time the deputy caught up with her, she had already crashed. According to investigators, she crossed the northbound lanes and crashed into a pole in the 1700 block of North Main Street.

Firefighters pulled the driver from the vehicle and she was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital. At last check, she was in critical condition.

Deputies said they are not sure why the woman was trying to get away, but they could smell alcohol in the car after she crashed.

The driver was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident and no one else was injured.

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