Woman in custody after striking patrol car during high-speed chase

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has a woman in custody following an incident in which they said she intentionally rammed a deputy’s car after a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning.

According to police, around 3:30 a.m. a deputy spotted a white truck speeding southbound on North Argonne Road and East Indiana Avenue. As the deputy began pursuing, the truck turned around and starting coming towards the deputy. The deputy said as the driver passed he was able to tell there was only one person inside.

The deputy followed the truck onto westbound Interstate 90 where the truck reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour, according to deputies. Spikes were requested in an attempt to slow her down, but other traffic on the roadway prevented them from being deployed.

Meanwhile, the woman inside the truck, later identified as Tamar S. Drake, 39, had called 911 to say that she was not stopping and that her son had had a seizure and was going to the hospital. Deputies noted that by this time, Drake had passed the marked hospital signs at the Division off-ramp.

Drake continued driving onto the US195 exit, still going speeds above an estimated 80 miles per hour. Deputies said Drake did a U-turn on West Thorpe Road and went back onto eastbound interstate 90. The deputy said he was able to get even with the truck and still only saw Drake.

Deputies said Drake took the Division Street off-ramp and blew through a stop sign on South Brown. As Drake approached the emergency room entrance at Sacred Heart there were numerous patrol cars blocking off parts of the roadway to prevent Drake from going further.

Deputies said Drake tried to go around the vehicles but instead accelerated and struck the backend of a deputy's unmarked car and pushed it out of the way so she could keep going. Court documents said the damage was about $5,000.

Drake drove her truck to the entrance where she drove over spikes and finally stopped. She got out of the truck and put her hands up and was taken into custody.

She was taken to the Spokane County Jail and booked on charges of attempt to elude and malicious mischief in the 1st degree for intentionally ramming a patrol car.




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