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Lincoln City Police had her on a number of serious charges – but they still couldn’t jail her…

Once in a while a law enforcement story comes along and it ends with the reader being gob-smacked. It happened again – this time in Lincoln City last Friday night. It’s not that the police did anything wrong. They didn’t. It was just that they were forced to do the unthinkable.

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE LEADS OFFICERS ON PURSUIT THROUGH LINCOLN CITY – DRIVER ARRESTED

Last Friday, Lincoln City Police responded to a citizen’s call about a suspicious minivan parked behind an unoccupied residence. Officer Snidow arrived a short time later and saw the minivan. As the Officer was making contact, the female occupant drove away at a high rate of speed even after being ordered to stop by the Officer.

A few minutes later, Officer Tolzman located the minivan pulling into the drive-thru of Dutch Bros Coffee, still driving at a high rate of speed. The driver continued through the drive-thru and turned northbound onto Highway 101.

After witnessing multiple traffic violations, Officer Tolzman tried to initiate a traffic stop – but the driver failed to pull over. By then other officers had joined in the pursuit.

The driver continued northbound and was driving within her lane of travel at an appropriate speed, but still refusing to pull over. The driver momentarily pulled over on Highway 101 near N 26th Street, but then quickly sped off again. Officer Snidow was able to get ahead of the suspect vehicle and deploy Stop-Sticks at Highway 101 and N Logan Rd. The sticks deployment was successful and deflated both passenger side tires.

But it didn’t convince the driver to pull over. The driver turned onto N Logan Rd and accelerated to over 70MPH and narrowly missed a motorcyclist. The passenger side tires eventually began coming apart and the driver pulled over onto the shoulder of the road.

Officers ordered the driver to exit her vehicle.The driver refused. The driver climbed into the back of the van where all the windows were covered with blankets. Officers approached the van and smashed a side window. The female still refused to comply and started yelling at the Officers. Officers deployed pepper spray through the broken window.  The driver began complying immediately after being sprayed. Officers took the the female into custody.

The driver was arrested on the following charges:
* Felony Eluding Police by Vehicle,
* Reckless Driving,
* Reckless Endangering,
* Interfering with Police, Giving false Information to Police.

The suspect was transported to the Lincoln City Police Department and held there while officers completed the criminal citations.  AND HERE IT COMES…Due to the Lincoln County Jail’s Covid-19 precautions, the driver was issued the citations and then released.  She was released no doubt based on concerns that those already being held in the jail should not be exposed to a new inmate who might be carrying the virus.  Like a famous comedian once said….”Sometimes FACTS are stranger than the TRUTH.”

(Back to the news release)…The LCPD would like to thank the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance for their assistance with this incident. We are thankful there were no injuries to any officers, other citizens, or any other property damage sustained as a result of the pursuit.

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