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Maryland police chase ends with woman facing drunk driving charge

Based on information from the Anne Arundel County Police, the Maryland State Police and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office were on the lookout for a particular vehicle. The authorities reportedly located the vehicle, and a chase ensued. After officers caught up with the vehicle in question, the woman driving was charged with drunk driving, among other things.

According to authorities, the woman behind the wheel led police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph. For unspecified reasons, Anne Arundel County Police officers believed that the woman may have been suicidal and so informed the other agencies. It is not known where they obtained that information, what it was or even if it was true. Moreover, there was no report of the administration of field sobriety testing or a blood alcohol test to support the DUI charge, though authorities did indicate they could smell alcohol on her and that there were open containers of alcohol in the pickup truck.

Police claim she nearly sideswiped a cruiser, avoided stop sticks and purportedly tried to hit another cruiser before she crashed into one of the Vienna Bridge's concrete barriers. One Maryland State Police trooper believes she intentionally rammed her vehicle into the Vienna Bridge. However, that may have simply been his perception since he was already told the woman might be suicidal.

The woman is facing a drunk driving charge, along with assault and other charges connected to the police chase. The crimes of which she is accused carry serious penalties for those that are actually convicted of them. A thorough review of the evidence and the chase procedures used by the authorities in this case could prove to be a focal point of the woman's criminal defense. The undocumented allegation that this woman was suicidal and hoped that the police would kill her may have affected how the authorities reacted to the pursuit and apprehension of the woman. A vigorous defense can ensure all possibilities are explored in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome for this woman.

Source: stardem.com, Kentucky woman leads police on chase, No author, Jan. 1, 2014

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